City officials: City employee dies Wednesday morning after being hit by vehicle

March 1, 2023 | 11:18 am

Updated March 1, 2023 | 6:40 pm

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Billy Tyler, 46, died from his injuries Wednesday morning after being hit by a vehicle, according to the City of Owensboro. Tyler was a crew leader in the Street Department. In honor of Tyler, the city is lowering all city flags at city buildings to half-mast until further notice.

“Billy was an exemplary employee who represented our city. He was well known and loved by his co-workers, and the City is devastated by this loss. We express our deepest condolences to his family as a result of this tragic accident,” said City Communications & Marketing Manager Shaelie Velez.

According to a release, OPD responded at approximately 7:04 a.m. to the intersection of East Parrish Avenue and Leitchfield Road for a collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. 

City Manager Nate Pagan said that Tyler died while performing his duties removing debris from a roadway in regard to a complaint that had been called in Wednesday morning.

“We pledge to fully support the family during the difficult days ahead with all of the resources the City would have available,” Pagan said.

Velez said that several support services were on hand today, and Hospice of Western Kentucky has also offered grief counseling services.

Members of the OPD Accident Reconstruction Team and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit responded to investigate the collision.

This story may be updated if more information becomes available.

March 1, 2023 | 11:18 am

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