University of Connecticut Student Fatally Struck by Fire Apparatus

STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) – A University of Connecticut student was hit and killed by an emergency fire vehicle on the Storrs campus early Sunday morning.

Police say 19-year-old Jeffny Pally, of West Hartford, was sitting on the ground with her back against a garage door of the UConn Public Safety Complex just after 1 a.m. When an emergency call came in and the door opened, Pally fell back onto the ground. The firefighter responding to the call in an SUV ran her over.

University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst,
     “Every student is precious to us, and this is a heartbreaking and tragic loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched. We know that words cannot begin to express their grief.

    “UConn Police officials, in consultation with the State’s Attorney’s Office, have asked Connecticut State Police to investigate the incident,” said University Spokesperson Stephanie Reitz. “UConn will do everything it can to assist. State police will be the primary agency releasing information on the incident itself and the subsequent findings, which will be reviewed by the state’s attorney.

    UConn is encouraging students to utilize assistance available through its Counseling & Mental Health Services, and for faculty and staff to reach out to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) if they seek support.”

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