Purcellville Utility Staffer Killed on Rt. 7

Purcellville Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Kevin Talley was struck and killed by a tractor trailer Monday morning in front of his Clarke County home.

According to the Virginia State Police, Talley, 52, suddenly walked onto the westbound lanes just east ofWickliffe Road near Berryvilleon Rt. 7 at 9:32 a.m. Oct. 7 when a2000 Kenworth tractor trailer was unable to avoid hitting him. He died at the scene.

Virginia State Police Trooper J. Hausler is investigating the crash. No charges have been filed.

According to a Facebook post by Justin Ivatts, the reverend of the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church where Talley served as the senior warden, Talley “died instantly” while getting his newspaper from his mailbox.“Our prayers go out for his wife, Michelle, his daughters, Sylvia and Olivia, and the entire St. Mary’s family,” Ivatts posted.

Funeral arrangements at St. Mary’s will soon be announced.

During the Purcellville Town Council meeting Tuesday night, Vice Mayor Tip Stinnette thanked Town Manager David Mekarski for bringing in grief counselors quickly to aid Talley’s co-workers, and thanked the town staff for supporting each other and looking after Talley’s family. “I have a lot of empathy, a lot of sympathy for what you’re going through,” he said.

Mekarski, through tears, thanked Stinnette for the acknowledgement, noting how well town staffers pulled together to console each other. “I realized just how much love and how strong this team is,” he said.

Talley had worked with the town for more than 22 years.

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