BERRYVILLE — A 72-year-old Berryville man was killed when his pickup truck pulled into the path of a dump truck and was broadsided at the intersection of Kimble Road and Harry Byrd Highway (Va. 7) about 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Virginia State Police said.
Harvey J. Owens Jr. was at a stop sign at Kimble Road, then drove south into the path of a Triple T Trucking dump truck that was westbound on Harry Byrd Highway, according to Trooper David R. Gray, who investigated the crash.
Skid marks at the scene indicate the dump truck driver braked about 10 yards from where the collision occurred. The Kenworth dump truck, which sustained minor damage, struck the driver’s side of the 2015 Sierra GMC pickup, demolishing it. Gray said the impact pushed the pickup about 30 yards west into the median, where it came to a rest near the dump truck.
Gray said driver error on the part of Owens appears to have caused the crash. It is uncertain if Owens didn’t see the dump truck, but driving conditions were partly sunny and clear when the crash occurred.
Speed is not believed to be a factor in the crash. The speed limit where the crash occurred is 55 mph.
A woman in the pickup was hospitalized at Winchester Medical Center. The condition and identify of the passenger was unavailable Monday evening.
The 46-year-old dump truck driver, whose name hasn’t been released, was conscious and alert after the crash and was hospitalized as a precautionary measure, according to Assistant Fire Chief Allen Shenk of the John H. Enders Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. The driver, of Fort Valley, was returning to the company’s headquarters in Winchester and had no cargo in the bed of the dump truck, said Teresa DeHaven, Triple T co-owner.
She said the dump truck driver has driven for the company since October. “It’s just awful,” DeHaven said of the crash.
Owens was a husband and father of three, according to Angela Carr, his 48-year-old daughter. She said he grew up in Berryville and worked as a packaging manufacturer for Alexandria Packaging in Springfield for approximately 30 years before retiring about 10 years ago.
Mary Lou Owens, his wife, died in February of last year. They were married for 45 years.
Carr, who said her father was on the way to get gas when the crash occurred, described him as hardworking, warm, generous and family-oriented. She said his love of family led him to donate a kidney to a niece in 2000, which helped extend her life at least five years. “He was an all-around good person,” Carr said.