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W.Va. trash collection worker is identified

March 08, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. — A trash collection truck worker who died Thursday after he was struck by a pickup in the 800 block of Dominion Road near Gerrardstown was identified Friday as Jeremy Lee Tabler of Martinsburg, police said.

Tabler, 30, was working as a driver for Apple Valley Waste when he was struck by a green Ford F-250, according to police and a Berkeley County Emergency Services supervisor.

Tabler of Whitings Neck Road, was pronounced dead at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., where he succumbed to his injuries, police had said.

Based on preliminary investigation and eyewitness accounts, police have said it appears Tabler stepped out of the trash truck and was struck by the pickup.

The investigation is still active, but no charges have been filed, West Virginia State Police Sgt. J.D. Burkhart said Friday.

John Decker, chief executive officer and managing partner of Apple Valley Waste Services Inc., said Thursday that Tabler’s unexpected passing has been especially difficult for the company.  

“He was a very well-liked guy,” Decker said Thursday. “God bless his family through this.”

The State Police was asked to join in the investigation of the case because one of the individuals involved in the accident was directly related to a Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputy, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said.

“To avoid any appearance of impropriety, we wanted a neutral agency to take a look at it,” said Games-Neely, who advised the Sheriff’s Office to have the State Police review the case.

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