STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut says the fire call that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old student who was run over and killed by a vehicle for the campus fire department was a false alarm.
State police have said Jeffny Pally, of West Hartford, was sitting with her back against a garage door outside the department Sunday and was run over when the fire vehicle left for an emergency call.
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University spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said Wednesday the alarm that firefighters responded to was “unfounded.”
The school is reviewing what activated the alarm. Reitz says it wasn’t a malfunction. She says the alarm was triggered automatically, not manually.
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The medical examiner’s office says Pally’s death was the result of blunt trauma to the head and torso and ruled an accident.
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