LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) -
STANFORD, Ky. (WKYT) - At the table where Walter Manual sat nearly every day, now sits a yellow rose.
"He’ll be missed. He understood what life was all about,” said friend Harold Upton.
Manuel died Tuesday night as he was leaving Diary Queen, a place where he was a member of the ‘coffee club.‘
“He was a Christian man, he talked about some stories in the Bible yesterday,” said Upton.
Stanford police continue to investigate the crash but they say the ambulance did have its emergency equipment on, lights and siren. But it had a red light and didn’t stop when it went through the intersection. Police say Manuel had the green light.
County fire chief Danny Glass pulled up on the accident scene, not knowing at first the victim was the man who preceded him as chief of district one.
“He taught me a lot. He was here when I started in 1985,” said Glass.
Manuel also worked for the city of Stanford department, served in the military, and once made Christmas trees for his profession.
“He was a people person. He liked everybody. Everyone came in here, spoke to him you know,” said friend Clinton Sims.
The Stanford EMS director says the ambulance had a crew of three taking a patient to be airlifted to Lexington when the crash happened. The director says in his 20 years of service the service has never been in a major or deadly accident.
McKnight Funeral Home in Crab Orchard is handling arrangements for Manuel. The deputy coroner says the preliminary cause of death was ruled as blunt force trauma following an autopsy.