Prince William County Officer Dies in Line of Duty

The officer died in a crash on Nokesville Road, near the Super Target.

A young Prince William County Police officer died Monday in a crash on Nokesville Road.

Chris Yung, 35, a seven-year employee of the department, was assigned to the traffic division and was traveling on his motorcycle to another incident just after 2 p.m. when the crash happened. 

The driver of a mini-van was traveling north on Nokesville Road and made a left hand turn into the Super Target shopping center into the officer's path, who was traveling south on the roadway.

Yung was transported to a local hospital, where he later died, Prince William County Police spokesman Jonathan Perok said.

No one else was injured in the crash.

Acting Prince William County Police Chief Lt. Col. Barry Barnard asks for the public's thoughts and prayers as the department copes with the loss of a colleague and friend.

It is not immediately clear if the driver of the minivan will be charged in the crash.

The incident remains under investigation.

Leave your condolences for Officer Chris Yung's family in the commenting section.

kelly January 01, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Prayer to the Yung Family both at home and his extened brothers and sister in the police force.
keeping_them_honest January 01, 2013 at 08:31 AM
Well , from looking at the van, wow, that cop was not doing the speed limit, and thats what he writes tickets for all day in that same area, i feel for his family, but no one is above the law, i have never seen such an imppact for a non speeding vehicle.
Maureen January 01, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Officer Yung was responding to a call; so I am sure he wasn't going the speed limit. God bless Officer Yung and his family. I am truly sorry for their lose.
Janet January 01, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Why assign blame at this time? Let's just mourn the passing of a gentleman who dedicated his life to protecting others. RIP.
sally t cann January 01, 2013 at 05:07 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with your in your time of lost
Mary S. January 01, 2013 at 05:14 PM
I don't think John Doores understands anything about God. He wouldn't be saying these things about folks he doesn't even know. Doores, you sound like a true nutcase with hatred for anyone not like you! It gets me how people feel free to say anything negative about folks when they're lurking out in cyberspace... My dad was foreign born and yet became a US Army Ranger so that folks like you can have the freedom that you have...unbelievable. What have you contributed? filth? hatred?
Mary S. January 01, 2013 at 05:27 PM
did you read the article? he was responding to a call, would you want him to go the speed limit? Was the other driver paying attention to the road? who knows???
Wayne Robinson January 01, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Too: Officer Yung's family now is the time to reflect not on his death but the good things he did during his life. he was A Marine and Police Officer, and a fine human being. We should focus our thought not on comments but the good will of man to helps in any situation. May GOD look after this young man, who is now in his presence of . My prayers go out to his family and fellow police officers for their loss. Semper Fi Marine!
keeping_them_honest January 01, 2013 at 07:40 PM
well seems my comments offend people, so ill tone this down, how fast was the bike going when it hit the van and exploded on impact, another instance where police don't have to obey the law, correct, strange when some one dies they are the perfect person, they could do know wrong, cause death is so painful, i really feel sorry for his family but he wrote tickets daily right in my neighborhood, so i look at it this way, if you are upholding the law you should also follow the law, hope my honesty isn't to offensive, ignorance is only shown when one doesn't understand the truth.when a young black drug dealer is shot down in the street the truth is printed and there is nothing said, leta cop mess up and cost him is life and all comments have to be sugar coated, Rest in peace officer.
keeping_them_honest January 01, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Does any one know that unless there is life or limb at stake police, fire and rescue must obey the speed limit even when running code, they must slow or come to a complete stop at all traffic lights and stop signs.nah, you weren't told that right, and blame it on the van, go figure.more police Are erased for the daily roster from ignoring the same laws they are paid to uphold, didn't now that either, as my mother always said to me, don't do as i do, do as i say do.Obey the law.
keeping_them_honest January 01, 2013 at 07:50 PM
well i agree with you, i wont mourn some one i didn't know, but i will pray for his soul and for his family.i just hope he died as he lived, doing what he loved to do.
Taylor January 01, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Your ignorance is here for everyone to read. Officer Yung was responding to an accident, he had the green light, and the right of way. Unless you where the accident investigator assigned to this traffic acident you do not have the traning,and experience to make your statements! Rest in Peace Officer Yung. Heroes Live Forever.
John Conley January 01, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Keeping them honest.... You are pathetic and a CPU coward! Karma is a bitch and I hope you get yours real soon! RIP Chris god bless your family
Salil Maniktahla January 02, 2013 at 01:34 AM
No one said the officer was perfect. At the same time, only a fucking dipshit troll would start criticizing someone on the local news article about his death. If you really believe in America (as you claim in so many of your ridiculous comments), maybe you should start showing it by actually respecting your neighbors, asshole. Or are Americans only important when they're *your* friends?
Salil Maniktahla January 02, 2013 at 01:44 AM
@keeping_them_honest: "I don't like being told to think before i speak..." Well. Duh. And you don't like actually doing it, either. Which is probably why you don't like it: people probably tell you to think before you speak all the time. Go figure. You know what that's called in reality, right? Being an idiot. But you go on. You do have the right to be as stupid as you choose. It is a free country, and if you had anything to do with that, well, your work there is done, and you don't get thanks even if you deserve it, because you're an asshole.
M. L. Young January 02, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Keeping them honest............I'm glad you are no longer serving our country as a member of the military you say you served for 8 years. You bring disgrace to the uniform with your comments. I was a military wife for 24 years of service and I was proud of the service our people in uniform gave and I continue to be today. As for tickets being written in your area all the time, perhaps they were written because someone broke the law in your neighborhood. I bet you would be one of the first to complain about the police not doing something to stop the illegal activiy if they didn't issue the tickets. You can't have it both ways. As for the drug dealer you speak of being killed, makes no difference what race they are. They are breaking the law and chose to take the chance of being killed in doing such activity. Yes, it is a shame that someone's life ended, however, no one forced him to make that decision to sell drugs. I feel for the guy's family who will live forever with the pain of his loss, but he knew the chances and still decided to take part in such activity. Officer Yung, yes, I knew him, was a fine young man and was always respectful. Was he speeding? Probably. Do you know if there were injuries at the crash he was responding to? No. If it were a family member in the other crash waiting for assistance, would you not want help as soon as possible? Would you be happy with a slower response? No, you'd be mad that they didn't get there faster.
Fire Guy January 02, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Hey Keeping them honest. Negative on obeying the speed limit for Fire Rescue even when doing "code". You should get your facts straight before looking like an ass. I bet that's difficult.
OldinManassasNewtoPark January 02, 2013 at 03:56 AM
What I heard was witnesses at the scene saw the woman driving the van talking on her cell phone as she made the turn. Surprised that hasnt come out.
OldinManassasNewtoPark January 02, 2013 at 03:59 AM
Deepest Sympathies to all who knew him. That picture is him to a T I never saw him without a smile. He was a great man and will be missed dearly.
mrljd January 02, 2013 at 08:36 AM
Deepest sympathies to Officer Yung and his family and to the woman who was driving the car. This is a tragic accident. Our community has stopped deploying police officers on motorcycle precisely because the risk of harm to the police officer is so great when/if something does go wrong. I hope your community will consider doing the same.
TLN it Str8 January 02, 2013 at 11:03 PM
That's why he had his lights and siren on.....to warn other drivers as he was responding to a call. Next time read the article before casting judgement.
TLN it Str8 January 02, 2013 at 11:07 PM
To Keeping_them_honest. Do you know the SOPs for running code? Did YOU know they can't just decide to run code to a call? WTF do you think the lights and sirens are for anyway? Maybe next time you need help, and need it fast, we should make sure all emergency vehicles wait patiently for their turn at all intersections? Oh, but no. People like you only complain UNTIL you need them and then they can't get there fast enough to suit you.
Colleen Fertsch January 04, 2013 at 06:29 PM
I think everyone needs to just ignore any comments that offend them and either feel they are just or ignorant. No reason to rant on or start against each other. Lets just leave this with good comments about the Officer who lost his life. We are all human and make mistakes but bashing one another never changes the reality. My deepest sympathy to the Officer who lost his life and to his friends and family mourning his loss may they find the memories of him as comfort and ease their pain.
student/parent January 04, 2013 at 08:20 PM
RIP officer Yung, You have touched my son's life at School, he always said how cool you wer'e. Sorry your life had to end so young. If you could have seen Rt 1. today in honor of you.
A Fallen Officers Surviving Child January 05, 2013 at 03:21 AM
As a survivor of a fallen officer 46 yrs ago I feel for this officers family. I feel sick to my stomach from the disrespect of all the negative comments and areguing back and forth on here. This is not the place for it. I live in Texas but formally many years ago Woodbridge is where I grew up. My thoughts and prayers go out to the officers families-(home family & work family), his friends and all who knew him. My sister witnessed the funeral procession today and said it was amazing. I salute all that took part in that. No matter what the circumstances of his death are he deserved a send off like that just for being man enough to serve and protect. May you REST IN PEACE OFFICER YUNG! THANK YOU FOR THE JOB YOU DID EVERYDAY.YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN HERO! To the Yung Family- My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of a True American Hero and Thank you fir the sacrifices you have made in supporting him in his duties. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
A Fallen Officers Surviving Child January 05, 2013 at 03:24 AM
In addition to my last post I reguest the Patch remove the negative things on here. The family and friends do not need to be seeing all that at a time like this.
sandy January 05, 2013 at 08:29 AM
I meant officer yung when he was a rookie.he helped me when i was at my witts end with my son.My son had stole my vehicle and officer yung was there to help.when my son was into trouble and running away from a group home officer yung was there.Not to press charges all he ever did was talk to my son,as well as me.He gave me words of encouragement.Officer yung said just be patient and he will outgrow the rebellious stage.Show him love and he will be fine.Officer yung talked to my son many times not always because he was called out but because he came by just to check on him and talk.He was more of a father than my sons own Father.He wasnt just a cop but a lovely,caring, sweet man.He cared about the people in his community and cared about people period.My heart goes out to Officer Yung's Family.I am truly sorry for your loss.R.I.P. Officer Yung.
sandy January 05, 2013 at 08:35 AM
You are an ass and should be banned fron this site
sandy January 05, 2013 at 08:41 AM
I agree.Some comments should be removed.Officer Yung's family doesn't need to see racist remarks and bad talking.The comments shouldnt have been approved.
Brenda Chunik January 08, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Brenda I would like to offer my sincere condolences on the loss of a Great Man. It's times like this that we wonder, why? Why would the good Lord take such a decent, kind human being from us. A wonderful son, brother, husband, father, and uncle. To this question, we will more than likely never have an answer. Just take comfort in the fact that he died doing what he loved, trying to help other people. I have a brother who has worked with the Sheriff's Office for 30+ years, I know the risks that these officers take on a daily basis. I also have a brother-in-law who was with the police department as a motorcycle officer. He was almost killed while carrying out his duties as the "leap frog" officer during a little girl's funeral procession, on a day that he wasn't even supposed to be working, but he felt it was his duty since he worked the accident in which the child died. He too was struck by a car pulling out of a side street. We were fortunate enough not to lose him , however, his life was forever changed. He was never been able to return to the work he loved so much. Sure, he was offered a desk job, but that was not where his passion laid. For those of you who believe that these men and women are in this line of work just for the money, think again. Please be more aware of your surroundings when driving, listen for those sirens, remember Officer Yung was trying his best to get to the accident victims who needed his help. RIP - Officer Chris Yung (you have made a difference)


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