Deputy Walizer, age 36, was responding to assist another deputy on a traffic stop and pursuit of a speeding vehicle. Deputy Walizer’s patrol vehicle crashed on John Tyler Highway (Route 5), only a quarter of a mile away from the Sheriff’s Office.
Tire marks show the patrol vehicle left the roadway to the right, then abruptly crossed the road striking a tree according to Sgt. Thomas J. Molinar, of the Virginia State Police. Deputy Walizer was wearing his seat belt, but sustained severe injuries and died at the scene of the crash.
Deputy Walizer served with the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office for 6 years. He also served with the Newport News / Williamsburg International Airport Police and the Caroline County Sheriff’s Department. His total law enforcement career spanned 11 years.
Sheriff Javier J. Smith, who was visibly shaken during a press conference, stated, “Our condolences go out to Michael’s family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.” Sheriff Smith continued, “Michael’s death is a great loss to the department as well as the Charles City community.”
The Charles City Sheriff’s Office consists of only 9 officers, all of whom are on bereavement leave. All calls for police services are graciously being covered under mutual aid by the Virginia State Police and New Kent County Sheriff’s Department.
The traffic crash remains under investigation by the Virginia State Police along with the Charles City County and New Kent County Sheriff’s Departments. It still is not known why Deputy Walizer lost control of his vehicle.
In the small community of Charles City, mourners have placed stuffed animals, balloons, and flowers at the crash scene. Glass is still imbedded in the tree which the patrol vehicle struck.
Deputy Walizer leaves behind a wife and four children who mourn his passing.
End of Watch: March 31, 2012. Deputy Sheriff Michael Walizer, gone but never forgotten.
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