At 6:47 p.m. on Thursday, Jan., 23, 2020, Police Officer Katie Thyne and her partner were investigating reports of drug activity when they approached a car on the 1400 block of 16th Street [Rt 167] in Newport News, Virginia.
During the investigation, the driver sped off, dragging Police Officer Thyne for a block before striking a tree.
Officer Thyne was pinned between the tree and the vehicle door.
Police Officer Thyne was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where tragically she died from her injuries.
The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and charged with felony homicide, evading and eluding, and possession of narcotics.
Officer Thyne was just 24 years old and served with the Newport News Police Department for approximately one year. She had previously served with the United States Navy.
Officer Katie Thyne is survived by her two-year-old daughter.
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