ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – Asheville Police officials said a woman was hit by an Asheville Fire Department vehicle Tuesday afternoon and died at the hospital.
Police said the crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Patton Avenue.
Rachel Dawn Ruit was in critical condition when she was taken to Mission Hospital, but she later passed away, according to the police department.
The city of Asheville and the Asheville Fire Department released this statement about Ruit’s death:
The City of Asheville would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Rachel Dawn Ruit who died from injuries she sustained as a pedestrian struck July 13 by an Asheville Fire Department vehicle.
“This is a tragedy for all involved”, says City Manager Debra Campbell. “Chief Burnette and I reached out to Ms. Ruit’s family to share our deepest sympathies. We also extend our condolences for all those who knew her.”
Chief Scott Burnette adds, “The fire department, especially our firefighter who was involved in this incident, is deeply saddened by this event. We are fully cooperating with the police department’s investigation and hope Ms. Ruit’s family and friends can find some solace knowing we care during this difficult time.”
The Asheville Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit will continue to investigate the crash.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110 or Asheville-Buncombe Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050 to remain anonymous.