The Pole Green Road Bridge over I-295 will be named after the late Hanover firefighter, Lieutenant Brad T. Clark, who was killed last October when struck by a tractor-trailer while responding to a traffic accident near that spot.
Lt. Clark’s tragic death resulted in the General Assembly strengthening Virginia’s “Move Over Law”, which requires drivers to move over as they approach stationary vehicles with flashing emergency lights. A first offense will now be a Class I misdemeanor rather than a traffic infraction. Governor Northam signed the bill into law during a ceremony in the historic Hanover Courthouse on May 2.
The truck that killed Lt. Clark did not move over and struck the fire truck that had carried Lt. Clark and other Hanover Fire/EMS personnel to the scene of the accident. Lt. Clark died at the scene and other firefighters were seriously injured.
The bridge will be named the Lieutenant Bradford T. Clark, Hanover Fire-EMS Memorial Bridge.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board and the General Assembly did the renaming.
Lt. Clark served our country honorably in the U.S. Army before becoming a Firefighter Medic for Hanover Fire-EMS in July 2005. He was promoted to Lieutenant in July 2015. He was killed while attempting to rescue a driver trapped in a wrecked vehicle.
A ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10, 4:00 p.m. at the Shady Grove United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Shady Grove and Meadowbridge Roads.