PULASKI, Va. – Shattered glass, broken plastic and a growing memorial now sit off Route 11 in Pulaski County.
It’s where 10-year-old Kaden Duncan had to say goodbye to an old friend, Sgt. Perry Hodge.
“Me and him were very close together. And I knew him for a long time, like my whole life,” said Kaden.
The boy laid flowers near where Hodge, a sergeant with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, took his final breaths.
Hodge, 49, was killed in a head-on car crash Thursday at about 4 a.m. along Route 11, north of Dublin and about a mile south of Route 1170, according to Virginia State Police.
Police said a 2011 Chevrolet 1500 pick-up truck was going south on Route 11 when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a 1998 Ford F-150 pick-up truck going north.
Hodge was driving the F-150 and died at the scene, according to police.