Conn. student killed by campus fire vehicle

The shift commander has been placed on an administrative duty position as the investigation continues

By Kathleen McWilliams
The Hartford Courant

STORRS, Conn. — A student was killed after being struck by a UConn Fire Department vehicle early Sunday morning, state police said.

Trooper Kelly Grant identified the victim as Jeffny Pally, 19, of West Hartford.

Grant said the female victim was seated with her back against the exterior door to Bay 7 at the UConn Fire Department. At 1:13 a.m. the department was called to a scene at 100 North Eagleville road and shift commander, Dana E. Barrow Jr., 60, prepared to respond to the incident. The door to the bay, which Pally was leaning on, mechanically opened so the fire vehicle could get to the scene.

Grant said Pally fell back when the door was lifted and was fatally struck by the fire truck when it left the driveway to respond to the scene.

UConn Police responded to the scene but by request of the State's Attorney Office and UConn officials, Troop C and the State Police Crash Analysis Reconstruction Squad will handle the investigation.

Barrow has been placed on an administrative duty position as the investigation continues, Grant said.

"Every student is precious to us, and this is a heartbreaking and tragic loss," UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement. "Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched. We know that words cannon begin to express their grief."

The school is encouraging students to seek support through its Counseling & Mental Health Services.

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