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Contributing Factors in a Fatal Northern Kentucky Pedestrian Accident

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

A report has recently been released regarding the fatal pedestrian accident in Northern Kentucky we previously reported on in January. According to the report, there were many factors that led to a firefighter running over a pedestrian.

The report mentioned some of the following environmental factors that impaired the Lexington firefighter’s vision:

  • Rainy weather and fog
  • Glare from the Christmas tree in the park
  • Ambient light from traffic signals and street lights reflected off the wet pavement
  • Light in the area did not illuminate the intersection properly
  • Fire truck’s wet windshield
  • Fire truck did not have its lights or sirens on because it was not on an emergency run
  • Heavy foot traffic
  • Blind spots in the fire truck’s cab
  • Dark clothing worn by pedestrian

Although 27-year-old Lauren Woodall Roady had the right of way, the report also mentioned that she may not have seen or heard the fire truck due to the following possible reasons:

  • Carrying an open umbrella in her right hand – the side where the fire truck struck her
  • Wearing hearing aids
  • Wearing dark-colored clothing

Sadly, the firefighter told authorities that he did not see Roady when he made a left turn from Main Street onto South Broadway, even though Roady was legally crossing South Broadway at the time. Toxicology reports showed no signs of alcohol or drugs in the firefighter’s system, and neither he nor Roady were using their cell phones at the time of the wreck. Officials said that the firefighter remains on paid administrative leave at this time.

Our Northern Kentucky personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson continue to extend our deepest condolences to the grieving family of Lauren Roady.

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