Goochland re­cruit dodges se­ri­ous in­jury

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - RTD WEATHER - BY MARK BOWES mbowes@times­dis­patch.com (804) 649-6450

A Goochland County sher­iff’s deputy re­cruit nar­rowly es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury Thurs­day morn­ing when a pine tree top­pled by high winds fell onto the pa­trol car in which he was rid­ing, crush­ing the car’s roof.

Re­cruit Will Beat­ley, 26, was rid­ing with a vet­eran deputy on Shan­non Hill Road when the tree fell, caus­ing branches to punc­ture the wind­shield, “nar­rowly miss­ing Beat­ley,” said Goochland Sher­iff James Agnew. An­other limb pen­e­trated the dash­board on the pas­sen­ger side, Agnew said.

Beat­ley suf­fered a “bump on the head” but es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury. He was taken to West Creek Emer­gency Hos­pi­tal, where he was treated and re­leased.

“The roof of the car was crushed due to the weight of the tree and im­pacted Beat­ley’s head, caus­ing his in­jury,” the sher­iff said.

The deputy driv­ing the car was not hurt. “Both are very for­tu­nate,” Agnew said.

The in­ci­dent, which the sher­iff de­scribed as a “fluke ac­ci­dent,” oc­curred about a half-mile north of Com­mu­nity House Road in western Goochland, af­ter high winds moved through the area about 11:25 a.m.

Beat­ley, a new re­cruit, is sched­uled to be­gin his ba­sic train­ing Tues­day.

“Our new re­cruits ride along with ex­pe­ri­enced deputies so that they be­come fa­mil­iar with county roads and pro­ce­dures be­fore they go to the academy,” the sher­iff said.

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