Firefighter Not Expected To Face Charges Stemming From Accident

Dec 14, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Charges are not expected to be filed against a Lexington firefighter involved in a fatal traffic accident Saturday night. 

A preliminary police traffic collision report says firefighter Christopher Presley was behind the wheel of a fire truck when it struck and killed 27 year old Lauren Roady who was in the crosswalk and had the right of way when she was attempting to cross the street at Main and Broadway near Triangle Park. 

The report says Presley was on a non-emergency run at the time of the accident and failed to yield. 

Presley has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending results of a toxicology test and medical examiner’s report.

UPDATE:  Early Friday afternoon Lexington Fire Chief Keith Jackson sent a letter to the family of the victim Lauren Roady expressing regret and sorrow over the incident.

On behalf of the Lexington Fire Department we want to express our sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Lauren Roady.  As firefighters we pledge to protect and serve the community as a core value of our mission.  We know this has created a loss and we share the pain as a family.  We are deeply concerned for her husband, parents, in-laws and extended family as this tragic incident has shaken us all.  On behalf of Firefighter Chris Presley we also want Mrs. Roady's family to know of his concern and sympathy in your loss.  We know and understand that this incident will forever change the lives of all involved.  We want to reach out in word and support to all the families involved in this tragedy including our own Fire Department family in an effort to provide comfort and confidence in those we serve.

The Lexington Fire Department

Keith L. Jackson

Fire Chief