Newport News police officer dragged by car dies from injuries

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. A 24-year-old police officer in Virginia died after being dragged by a vehicle during a traffic stop, and the driver is now facing charges that include felony homicide, according to Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said Friday during an emotional news conference.

Katie Thyne was one of two police officers who were standing by the driver’s-side door of a vehicle when it accelerated forward and drove a block before slamming into a tree on Thursday evening.

Drew said the driver’s side door was open, and the officers had just asked the driver to step out of the car.

 

“One officer was able to step out of the way, and she was not,” Drew said.

 

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