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Southampton County deputy sheriff dies in car accident

August 31, 2009 | Virginia News

News Image COURTLAND, VA - The Southampton County Sheriff's Office is saddened by the loss of Deputy Sheriff Christopher Ray, 22, who succumbed to injuries he sustained following a motor vehicle accident early Saturday morning while responding to a call for service.

Preliminary investigations show that the vehicle Deputy Ray was riding in, struck a tree that had fallen across the roadway on General Thomas Highway (Rt. 671) near Handsom Road outside of Franklin.

image The VACP requests that Virginia law enforcement officers shroud their badges through the day of memorial services for Deputy Christopher Ray - Monday, August 31.

Deputy Ray, 22, joined the Southampton County Sheriff's Office on June 1, 2009, after completing his education at Radford University, where he majored in Criminal Justice. Deputy Ray served an internship with the Sheriff's Office during the summer of 2008. Deputy Sheriff Jason Brinkley was also involved in the accident and sustained non-life threatening injuries. Deputy Brinkley was treated and released from the hospital. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Southampton County Sheriff's Office go out to Deputy Ray's family and Deputy Brinkley and his family in this most difficult time. The accident is being investigated by the Virginia State Police. Copyright © 2009, WTKR-TV