UConn student killed by university fire vehicle

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

Police say 19-year-old Jeffny Pally, of West Hartford, was killed after sitting on the ground with her back against the garage door to the fire station around 2:48 a.m. Firefighters were responding to a call and when the garage door opened, it caused Pally to fall down.

Police say Dana E. Barrow Jr., 60, of Storrs was behind the wheel of the vehicle as it left the station. Police said as the SUV exited, it hit Pally.

UConn police responded to the scene and State police are now leading the investigation.

Barrow has been placed in an administrative duty position as the investigation continues.

Uconn released the following statement from UConn President Susan Herbst on the death of student Jeffny Pally:

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.

General information from UConn
(attribute to University Spokesperson Stephanie Reitz):

UConn Police officials, in consultation with the State’s Attorney’s Office, have asked Connecticut State Police to investigate the incident. 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.