A 52-year-old Berryville man and Purcellville town worker was killed Monday morning after being hit by a tractor-trailer on Harry Byrd Highway (Va. 7) in Clarke County, two-tenths of a mile east of Wickliffe Road (Route 608), according to Virginia State Police.
A 2000 Kenworth tractor-trailer was traveling west on Harry Byrd Highway about 9:30 a.m. when a pedestrian, identified as Kevin L. Talley, “suddenly walked into” the westbound travel lanes, Sgt. Brent Coffey said in an email.
The tractor-trailer was unable to avoid striking Talley, according to Coffey, and the driver — a 55-year-old Gore man whose name was not released — stopped immediately.
Talley died at the scene as a result of his injures. The driver of the rig was not injured.
Talley worked as the wastewater treatment plant operator. He was a town employee for more than 20 years.
At Tuesday night's Purcellville Town Council meeting, council members expressed their sympathies to family members as well as staff who worked with Talley.
Mayor Kwasi Fraser held a moment of silence at the beginning of the meeting to remember Talley.
During council comments, Councilman Tip Stinnette thanked Town Manager David Mekarski for looking after staff and bringing in grief counselors.
"Our lives are fleeting and in an instant one of us can be taken away. It's a sobering thing," Stinnette said.
Trooper J. Hausler is investigating the crash. No charges have been filed.
State police were assisted at the scene by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, Clarke County Emergency Services and Virginia Department of Transportation.