“She was natural with animals” | Geneva Veterinary Hospital mourns the loss of an employee killed in a traffic accident

Tammy Berke, the 55-year-old Batavia who died after being hit by a car in Geneva on the evening of September 29 near her workplace, is deeply bereaved by her colleagues.

Berke died after being hit by a car in the 700 block of East State Street (Route 38) in Geneva.

“We at Valley Animal Hospital are in mourning,” Valley Animal Hospital’s Dr. Jennie Christakos said in an email. Valley Animal Hospital is located directly across from where Berke was fatally struck.

“The sudden loss of our beloved colleague and friend, Tammy Berke, was most difficult. We first met Tammy many years ago when she was hired to clean our clinic after hours. desk.

“She did such a good job that we hired her to work during the day as a vet assistant – she was a natural with animals. Tammy had a very strong work ethic and came to work every day with a smile We will miss her dearly at Valley Animal Hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tammy’s family and friends.

Berke was walking south near the center turn lane on State Street east of Sandholm Street across from the Dairy Queen to the north and Valley Animal Hospital to the south. She was hit by a black 2018 Hyundai Kona driven by a 30-year-old woman from Geneva, who was heading west on State Street.

Berke was taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva where she later died.

The driver was uninjured and fully cooperated with the ongoing police investigation. She received a traffic citation at this time for not reducing speed to avoid an accident.

Further charges will be determined based on the results of the investigation.

Benjamin M. Yerger