Off-duty Henrico police officer killed in traffic accident

Thomas Berry, Jr.
Updated July 14: Funeral arrangements have been set for a Henrico police officer who was killed earlier this week in a traffic accident while off duty.

A viewing for Thomas P. Berry, Jr. will be held at Bliley's, 8510 Staples Mill Road, on Friday, July 15, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at St. Paul's Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Road, with an interment to follow at Greenwood Memorial Gardens, 12609 Patterson Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Laws Sons and Daughters Fund, c/o Henrico County Credit Unit, 8611 Dixon Powers Drive, Henrico VA 23228.

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An off-duty Henrico police officer died today when his motorcycle was struck by an SUV in the 2200 block of John Rolfe Parkway in Short Pump.

Thirty-five year-old Thomas P. Berry, Jr., an eight-year officer with the county, was traveling west on Ridgefield Parkway near John Rolfe Parkway at about 2:40 p.m., when an SUV exited the John Rolfe Commons Shopping Center. Berry's motorcycle struck the side of the SUV. He was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he died as the result of his injuries.

The driver of the SUV was treated at St. Mary's Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to police. An investigation into the incident is underway; no charges have been filed.
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Henrico Humane Society’s 17th annual Pet Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway. More than 50 vendors and exhibitors will be onsite selling pet-related products and services – from obedience trainers to healthy food options and novelty items. A full day of activities is scheduled including a pet parade, puppy races, dog contests, training/trick/agility demonstrations, an agility course, dog adoptions, and a silent auction. Richmond TV personality from WTVR 6 Greg McQuade is scheduled to emcee. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children 2-12 and free for pets. All proceeds benefit the Henrico Humane Society. For details, visit http://www.henricohumane.org. Full text

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