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Ashland police sergeant loses wife to drunk driver

January 14, 2014 | VACP

Monday morning, Ashland Police Sgt. Scott Menzies and his wife Meg were jogging just outside of town when a vehicle left the roadway, striking Meg and then a telephone pole. Meg was rushed to MCV where doctors did everything they could to attempt to save her life. At 9:43 am, while surrounded by family and many members of the APD family, she passed away.

The driver of the vehicle which struck Meg was arrested for DUI and manslaughter.

Scott and Meg have three small children. Family, department members and friends are doing everything they can to help Scott during this unbelievably difficult time. 

Please keep Scott and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

A funeral service for Meg Cross Menzies is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Cool Spring Baptist Church in Hanover County. A spokesperson said the church is expecting several hundred people and that the service will be held at the worship center at 9283 Atlee Station Road.

Additionally, mourners have organized a Facebook event for fellow runners or even walkers to dedicate their Saturday run/walk to Meg's memory. You can sign up for the event and join more than 45,000 others dedicating their miles to #megsmiles (LINK).

Letter from Ashland Police Chief Doug Goodman:

Monday, the Ashland Police Department suffered an immeasurable loss with the tragic death of Meg Menzies, wife of Sergeant Scott Menzies. Meg has equally been a part of our law enforcement family for nearly a decade and her presence in our midst, and especially that of her family, will be sorely missed.

With her support, Sergeant Menzies has been a steadfast catalyst for improving safety in our community. Whether working late on DUI enforcement patrols or coming in on his day off to lead a public education program focusing on the dangers of drunk driving, Sgt. Menzies always had her unyielding support. To lose his wife in this manner is simply unfathomable.

The Ashland Police family is stunned and deeply saddened by this tragic and senseless loss.  In response to the many offers of assistance, donations can be made to the Ashland Police Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization established to help its members in times of need. Donations can be sent to the “Ashland Foundation” at 601 England Street, Ashland, VA 23005.

We would like to thank Hanover Fire/EMS, the staff at VCU’s Emergency Room, the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for their assistance.

This case remains under the investigation of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, but any media inquiries that do not pertain to the investigation may be forwarded to Lt. James Shelhorse at 412-0604. As we mourn with his family, we ask the media to please respect the family’s privacy during this time of bereavement.

With deep sadness,

Chief Doug Goodman

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