Family holds memorial run for Knoxville woman struck and killed

Family holds memorial run for Knoxville woman struck and killed by fire truck

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Lauren Woodall Roady (Source: Family) Lauren Woodall Roady (Source: Family)
Lauren was an avid runner, so friends and family took part in a memorial run/walk in her honor. Lauren was an avid runner, so friends and family took part in a memorial run/walk in her honor.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It was an emotional day as people gathered to remember a Knoxville woman killed one week ago when she was hit by a fire truck while walking through a crosswalk.

The accident happened last Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky, where the victim, Lauren Woodall Roady, was in town for a running competition.

Lauren was an avid runner, so friends and family took part in a memorial run/walk in her honor.

They laced up and hit the track at Lakeshore Park in Knoxville Saturday morning.

Along the way, they shared memories of how she touched every one of their lives.

Her parents walked, surrounded by the loving footsteps of those who knew their daughter.

"We're so comforted by just the outpouring of love and support from the people that Lauren loved," said Jack Woodall, Lauren's father.

It's all in remembrance of her passion for running.

Each step they take is a way to feel close to her one more time.

"She was just the joy of our lives and it's a terrible tragedy. It's really hard on all of us," said Woodall.

Members of Lauren's running team from Washington DC, where she lived, participated as well.

"She had many people who loved her. She's a wonderful person. Just a wonderful, great person," said Jerry Alexander, coach of her running team, the Georgetown Running Club.

Alexander spoke of her endurance.

"Developed from a beginner to an elite in an incredibly short period of time. Just based on tenacity and dedication and love of what she was doing," he said.

Her parents say she was passionate like that in every part of her life, especially her relationships.

"She really would focus on you and she'd talk to you. She was really interested in you," said Woodall.

"She wrote cards all the time to everyone and she called us every day on the way home from work," said Sharon Boyce, Lauren's mother.

The relationship that meant the most was that of her husband Peter Roady.

"It means a lot to her and it means a lot to me and to her family so thank ya'll very much," said Roady, as he thanked those who came out to the memorial walk.

"Peter was the love of her life. They were just soul mates. They loved eachother dearly," said Boyce.

The two were newlyweds, married less than two months ago.

"As parents, you can't be any more happy than when your daughter's in love and has somebody that loves her," said Boyce.

She will never be forgotten, as the mark of her footprint on all these lives is forever.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral service for Lauren, held Saturday afternoon at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.

Lauren was 27-years-old.

A preliminary police report said the Lexington firefighter that hit Lauren was at fault in the accident when he failed to yield.

She had the right of way when crossing the street.

The driver is on administrative leave.

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