BRODNAX, V.A. (WNCN) — Virginia State Police said the police chief for Brodnax, a town in Mecklenburg County, has died after being hit by a pickup truck Friday night.

State police said Brodnax Police Chief Joe Carey had pulled off to the right side of the road on the 200 block of Piney Pond Road/Route 58 to recover the remains of an animal that had been hit in the roadway.

As he came back to the side of the highway, a Ford F-150 pickup truck heading eastbound was unable to avoid hitting him, according to a news release from Virginia State Police.

It said Chief Carey was taken to a hospital in South Hill here he died from his injuries.

According to investigators, the chief’s police lights were activated while his vehicle was parked on the side of the highway.

They said the driver of the pickup truck was a man and was not hurt.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the investigation.

Virginia State Police continue to investigate.

The Mayor of Brodnax, Don Dugger, released the following statement:

This evening the Town of Brodnax lost a dedicated member of our community. It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the tragic death of Police Chief Joe Carey to a traffic crash on Route 58. Highly regarded for his public safety professionalism and experience, Joe was a genuine friend to so many of us. He truly loved his job and worked hard to make a difference while protecting and serving our town.

Chief Carey, 66, is survived by his wife, four sons, a daughter, and several grandchildren. I ask that you keep his family and colleagues with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 

Mayor Don Dugger