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Brodnax, Va. Police Chief Joe Carey dies after being struck by a vehicle

Updated: Dec 19, 2022


The funeral services for Chief Joseph Edward (Joe) Carey, Sr. are as follows:

Visitation: Wednesday December 21, 2022 • 5pm – 8pm Wood Funeral Services 28868 Highway 49 Chase City, VA 23924

Memorial Service: Thursday December 22, 2022 • 11am Mecklenburg County High School 25001 Highway 58 Baskerville, VA 23915

Burial: Burial will be private. Obituary: Link



The Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Mecklenburg County. Brodnax Police Chief Joe Carey had pulled off to the right side of the road in the 200 block of Piney Pond Rd/Route 58 to recover the remains of an animal that had been struck in the roadway. As Carey was returning to the side of the highway, an eastbound Ford F-150 pickup was unable to avoid striking the chief. Carey was transported to Community Memorial Hospital - VCU Health in South Hill where he succumbed to his injuries. The police vehicle's lights were activated while it was parked on the side of the highway. The adult male driver of the pickup truck was not injured. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. Statement from Town of Brodnax Mayor Don Dugger: "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." Media Note: Media are asked to be respectful of the Chief's family and their privacy during this time.


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