UPDATE: Campbellsville man dies in Liberty crash

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By Calen McKinney


A father. A University of Louisville fan. A church-going, caring man.

David Kirtley, 40, died on Friday after crashing his vehicle in Liberty.

According to a Kentucky State Police report, Kirtley, 40, was pronounced dead on Friday at 6:08 p.m. at the scene of the crash, one mile north of Liberty on KY 49.

Kirtley was driving a 2007 GMC north on KY 49, when he lost control of his vehicle, the report states, and overturned before resting in the south lane.

Andrew Richardson, 17, of Bradfordsville, driving a 1990 Dodge, was traveling south on KY 49, the report states. He rounded the curve and struck Kirtley's vehicle in its rooftop as it was on its side.

Kirtley was removed from his vehicle by Casey County Rescue personnel and pronounced dead at the scene by personnel from the Casey County coroner's office. Richardson was not injured in the crash. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the report states. Trooper Kevin Roberts is investigating the crash.

Kirtley worked as an inspector at TG Kentucky in Lebanon and was a member of Green River Memorial Baptist Church in Campbellsville.

Jamie Bennett, his pastor, said Kirtley was a long-time, possibly life-time, member at his church.

"David was sort of a quiet guy, but very, very caring. Very intuitive," Bennett said. "Very warm with people once you got to know him a little bit."

Bennett said most of his conversations with Kirtley centered on his love for his daughter.

"He was an outstanding father," Bennett said. "He put a lot of energy and thought into his daughter."

Bennett said Kirtley was a die-hard University of Louisville fan and loved tractors.

According to Amanda Brady, operations manager at Staff Corp Inc. in Lebanon, Kirtley had worked for the temporary work service since Oct. 9. She said he had worked at TG throughout his time with Staff Corp on the third shift schedule.

Kirtley is survived by a daughter, Sharon Lynn Kirtley of Campbellsville; his parents, Richard "Dickie" and Mary Lynn Rucker Kirtley of Campbellsville; and a sister, Kathy Arnold and her husband, Larry, of Campbellsville.

Kirtley's funeral was Monday at L.R. Petty Funeral Home in Campbellsville. Burial followed in Green River Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery.

An obituary for Kirtley is on Page A2 of the Nov. 28 issue.