A Charles City County deputy, responding to a traffic stop made by another deputy, was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning on Route 5.
Deputy Michael C. Walizer, 36, of Charles City, died at the scene of a 2 a.m. accident, approximately one mile west of Route 155.
According to a statement from Virginia State Police Sergeant Thomas J. Molnar, Walizer’s vehicle, a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, ran off the right side of Route 5, crossed back over the road, then ran off the left side where it struck a tree. Walizer was wearing his seat belt.
The accident is being investigated by the state police, and the Charles City County and New Kent County sheriff’s departments.
Walizer was an 11-year veteran of law enforcement. He previously worked with the Newport News/Williamsburg and Richmond International Airport police departments, and the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office. He joined the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office in 2006.
Charles City County Sheriff Javier J. Smith said this afternoon, “Our condolences go out to Michael’s family and his friends. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. This is a great loss for the department and the Charles City County community.”
Walizer was married and had four children; three sons, ages one, 9 and 10, and a daughter, 11.
Published: March 31, 2012
Updated: March 31, 2012 – 2:42 PM