Deputy improves, driver charged after crash

Published 9:14 pm Friday, March 13, 2015

A 28-year-old Suffolk woman has been charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain control of her vehicle following an accident on Thursday that resulted in a sheriff’s deputy being hospitalized with injuries.

Shaneka Lynette Warren, 28, of Suffolk, has been charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain control, according to a city news release. She had been driving a four-door Nissan sedan when it left the roadway and came to rest on an embankment, city officials stated on Thursday.

The deputy was injured when the vehicle rolled backwards down the hill, striking him as he attempted to assist the victim. He was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. Officials, who declined to identify him on Friday, described his condition as “good” on Friday.

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Warren was released from Sentara Obici Hospital after receiving treatment Thursday afternoon.

According to Maj. E.C. Harris of the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office, the deputy and his family thanked the public for the get-well wishes and support, but do not want him to be named.

“Any member of the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office would have reacted in the same manner to try to help a citizen in need,” Harris stated.

“Our deputies are extensively trained to provide assistance to the public in a variety of ways, and in this instance, our deputy instinctively saw someone in distress and responded.”