More details emerge after a University of Connecticut student was run over in a tragic campus accident, but police still need more answers. According to authorities, the female student died after she was struck by a university fire department vehicle. Police say the 19-year-old girl’s body was found by fire department personnel an hour and a half after she was hit.
Police believe the girl was sitting on the ground with her back against a garage bay door at the Public Safety Complex located at 126 North Eagleville Road in the UConn Campus. The fire department received a call requesting help around 1:15 a.m. on Sunday. According to police, firefighters open the bay door, and the student fell back onto the ground, and a fire department's Chevy Tahoe ran over her as it was leaving the bay.
Authorities say the girl’s body was not discovered until 2:48 a.m. when the SUV returned from the call and contact police. School officials say the shift commander who was driving the vehicle has been reassigned to an administrative position. The 60-year-old man will not respond to calls while the incident is being investigated.
According to a University spokesperson, the UConn family is assisting state police in their investigation. A vigil for the student will be held on campus at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Fairfield Way. Police are asking anyone who witnessed the accident or has knowledge of student’s activities prior to the accident to please call the station.
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