Funeral arrangements set for Knoxville woman hit by fire truck in Lexington

jkegley@herald-leader.comDecember 11, 2012 

Lauren Woodall Roady

Funeral arrangements were made Tuesday for a Washington, D.C., attorney hit by a fire truck in Lexington over the weekend.

Services for Lauren Boyce Woodall Roady will take place Saturday in Knoxville, her hometown, according to an obituary submitted to the Herald-Leader.

Mrs. Roady, 27, was walking across South Broadway where it intersects with Main Street in downtown Lexington about 10:05 p.m. Saturday. She was hit by the Lexington fire department's Engine 9 while it was turning left from Main Street onto South Broadway.

Mrs. Roady was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, Firefighter Chris Presley, is on administrative leave while police investigate.

Memorial services for Mrs. Roady, an avid runner who was visiting Lexington to participate in a cross-country championship, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lakeshore Park in Knoxville. Family and friends will participate in a 2-mile run-walk in her memory, according to her obituary.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6200 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, said Rev. Buran Phillips, the church's senior pastor. Visitation and funeral services will follow immediately afterward at the church.

Phillips said Mrs. Roady attended Westminster Presbyterian with her family when she was a teenager. After she graduated from Knoxville's Farragut High School, she went to Davidson College in North Carolina.

Mrs. Roady then studied at Georgetown University Law Center and graduated from New York University Law School before joining the legal staff at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in August 2011.

"Lauren was a brilliant, talented attorney in the NRC's Office of General Counsel. She was enthusiastic about her work, inviting to new friends and colleagues, and a tremendous asset to the agency," the office said in a written statement.

Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel in Knoxville is handling funeral arrangements.

Mrs. Roady is survived by her parents, Jack Woodall and Sharon Boyce; her brother Nicholas Woodall; and her husband of two months, Peter Roady.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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