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Trooper James Read Hughes | Virginia State Police, Virginia Virginia State Police, Virginia


James Read Hughes

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, June 3, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Trooper Hughes was struck and killed by a truck during a traffic stop on I-95 near Lorton, in Fairfax County. He was speaking with the driver of the vehicle he had stopped when a tractor trailer struck him and the vehicle. The driver of the truck was arrested and charged with manslaughter and reckless driving.

Trooper Hughes was working on his day off and was not being paid at the time of the accident. He had served with the Virginia State Police for 3 years.

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I was on my way to my two week service in the U.S. Army Reserves summer camp in central Virginia on an early very foggy morning headed southbound on 95 when I came across the horrible sight of Trooper Hughes's lifeless body in the middle of the third lane. I was one of the first people to see this as others on the ground helped direct traffic around the scene.
It was something that has always haunted me and for years I always wondered who he was until now.
I'm glad that Wikipedia and this site stands as a lasting memorial to the brave troopers that risk their lives everyday so that we stay safe.
I don't know who was right or wrong in this situation but all I can remember was the smell of burnt rubber mixed with the morning fog, children crying from one struck care and a hero laying in the third lane of I-95.
God Bless You Trooper Hughes and Your Family and Thank You for Your Sacrifice.

Nick Contompasis
Northern California
December 21, 2013

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December 22, 2013


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