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Firefighter driving truck that killed woman put on leave

Lauren Roady was killed after she was struck by an apparatus as she was crossing the street

By FireRescue1 Staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Ky. firefighter who was driving a city fire truck that struck and killed a pedestrian over the weekend has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Firefighter Christopher Presley will be on leave as the investigation into the incident continues, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Police say Firefighter Presely was driving a city fire truck when he hit Lauren Roady, 27. Firefighter Presley was reportedly going with the flow of traffic and was on his way to pick up fellow firefighters who had escorted a patient in an ambulance to the hospital.

Other details were not made readily available by police as they continue to look into the incident. Officials did not clarify if the light was green when Firefighter Presely drove or if the crosswalk sign indicated Roady should walk. It was only disclosed that Roady was hit while crossing the street and that she died at the scene.

The paper reports that a nearby surveillance camera did not catch the incident on tape.

Roady, an attorney, was in Lexington competing in a cross-country running competition with other runners from Washington.

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Matt Keith Matt Keith Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:59:56 PM do you A) know they didnt and B) if its an obvious death, it becomes an investigation and you DONT work her
Wes Broderick Wes Broderick Tuesday, December 11, 2012 4:03:44 PM Were you there Leigh? Are you an EMS professional? There are cases where EMS workers don't work a patient because of obvious injuries that would make it pointless. Fire truck vs pedestrian= huge weight and size difference. Maybe you should withhold judgement unless you were there or have 100% of the facts.
Michael McKinney Michael McKinney Tuesday, December 11, 2012 4:14:26 PM Work her? Do you mean work on her? What do you know, Leigh?
Jesus Guzman Jesus Guzman Tuesday, December 11, 2012 4:30:27 PM I hate how there is always someone always talking trash without facts it's always easy to spot mistakes from the sidelines. And for some reason we are the worst critics.
Jesus Guzman Jesus Guzman Tuesday, December 11, 2012 4:31:49 PM I'm sorry but it's work on or work up not work her.
Chad Thomas Stimmell Chad Thomas Stimmell Tuesday, December 11, 2012 4:36:13 PM Hey, y'all be easy on Leigh. She watches Chicago Fire and thinks she has a clue!! Prayers to both families in these tragic times they now face!
Matt Keith Matt Keith Tuesday, December 11, 2012 4:54:20 PM You dont work an obvious death. no matter what the circumstances. Period. Thoughts should be with her family and the families of all involved.
Matt Keith Matt Keith Tuesday, December 11, 2012 4:54:56 PM Sure if you feel its going to make a difference in your story
Travis Vaughn Travis Vaughn Tuesday, December 11, 2012 5:05:50 PM Prayers to both families during this difficult time.
Matt Keith Matt Keith Tuesday, December 11, 2012 5:20:08 PM Last thing I am is any way. Ive got a enough years on the job to be fairly confident that an obvious death is now a homicide investigation UNTIL homicide is ruled out. You dont "work her" because it compromises the investigation process, which , in this case, involves another city agency. So no matter who is at fault, compromising the investigation is a definite matter how much bystanders, family etc., want you to "work her" If you are in this business, you should probably know that. If you arent, then you will go by what your feelings tell you and not by the facts of things and how they should happen.
Mark Hammond Mark Hammond Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6:48:59 PM OK usually I just read and keep my opinion to myself but its hard to work something when there is nothing to work... Leigh I have no clue what you know about the accident but when the reports are she walked into the side of the engine and needless to say he realized she was run over after she came out the back of the engine obviously there was nothing at all to work... Yes a terrible accident but you have to have something to work to work it... Prayers for both families.
John Love John Love Tuesday, December 11, 2012 8:35:56 PM Sometimes it is better to let the arm chair medics give their opinion on how to save the world, and leave the real world to those that work in the street everyday. Prayers go out to the families of both.
Jim R Mccloud Jim R Mccloud Wednesday, December 12, 2012 6:12:01 PM my prayers go out to both families. we go to the hospital to pick up our personnel all the time, we just drive with the flow of trafic. no reason to be in a hurry. I hope he was taking his time also. people are so distracted anymore, they just don't pay attention.
Donna Graham Hammond Donna Graham Hammond Wednesday, December 12, 2012 6:12:42 PM Don't judge the crew, unless you were on the crew! Prayers to all involved...
Donna Graham Hammond Donna Graham Hammond Wednesday, December 12, 2012 6:17:29 PM Leigh, have you been on many trauma calls?
Jim Riseborough Jim Riseborough Thursday, December 13, 2012 4:37:43 AM Leigh Tracey if her head was smashed its a obvious call not to work her. DO you know the facts, if so do tell.
Johnny Cassidy Johnny Cassidy Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:35:41 AM This is why I hate the Chicago Fire show......... It's like CSI, everyone became a detective after watching one episode of CSI........
Stephanie Cassidy Stephanie Cassidy Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:20:45 AM I still like the fire show ...
Amy Gambrell Jones Amy Gambrell Jones Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:14:48 PM I LOVE Chicago Fire...and to be honest it gave me a whole new outlook on firefighters and just how tough their jobs are and how much I appreciate what they do. Oh and CSI is one of my favorite's too. I think I would make a great detective, firefighter not so much.
Jamin Combs Jamin Combs Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:22:48 PM The show just made them want to do it. Maybe the training is the problem. They certainly didn't just pick him up on the side of the road and say "hey, drive my fire truck please".

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