LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A section of South Broadway between West Main and Vine Street was shut down Saturday night after a woman was killed in an accident.
Officials say 27-year old Lauren Roady of Washington, D.C., who is originally from Knoxville, TN, was killed after being hit by a vehicle at the intersection of South Broadway and West Main Street at 10 p.m.
Officials are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident but say a fire truck was involved that was not on an emergency call.
Roady's death is being investigated as accidental, according to the autopsy report.
According to the Fayette County Coroner, Roady died of multiple blunt force trauma.
Roady's friends tell us she was in Lexington over the weekend for a run with the Georgetown Running Company out of Washington, D.C.
Sommerville Harris says she grew up with Roady in Knoxville. She tells us Roady attended college in North Carolina, then went to law school at NYU, and currently lived in D.C. as a newlywed.
Harris says the two spent a lot of time in Lexington as children together and that's how they got close.
"She loved Lexington. She was an avid horse rider as a child. That's how we knew each other. So we frequented Lexington as children quite often competing at the Kentucky Horse Park," said Harris.
Harris says she is thankful it sounds like Roady's last day was spent doing what she loved: running.
"She actually sent me a text message earlier that day saying, 'Hey, I'm back in Lexington. It makes me think of you and all of the fun we had there.' I'm just happy that her last day was a good one," said Harris.
She says it's hard to say goodbye to their nearly 20-year friendship and one of her bridesmaids.
"To lose someone like Lauren, it's just unimaginable," said Harris.
Police tell us Firefighter Presley with the Lexington Fire Department was driving the truck involved in this accident.
We received a statement from Mayor Jim Gray in regards to the accident stating, "Police are conducting a full investigation, as they do in all traffic fatalities. We anticipate we will have the results around the first of the year. Today, I want to reach out to her family to express our sympathy for their loss. You are in our prayers. If my office can be of assistance, please let us know."
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