Seventeen-year-old Kaleb Emery of Lafayette died Saturday after his moped collided with a fire engine at South and Third streets.
Emery rode his eastbound moped through a red light about 8:10 p.m. Saturday on South Street and into the path of Ladder 3, which was southbound on Third Street, Lafayette police Sgt. Will Carpenter said.
Emery died at the scene, he said.
“This was completely unavoidable for that truck and that driver,” Carpenter said.
The driver of the fire truck, Lafayette fire Sgt. Doug Newhart, and his passenger, Lafayette fire Lt. Mike Blann, were not injured in the crash, Fire Chief Richard Doyle said.
“They were going to get fuel at Alabama and Second Street,” Doyle said when asked where the fire engine was going.
Carpenter said they did not know where Emery was going.
Newhart, who is a 12-year veteran of the department, was off work Monday, Doyle said. Tuesday through Friday is Newhart’s regular days off this week.
Newhart and Blann’s fellow firefighters have reached out to support them during this difficult time, Doyle said.
“The fire department is usually called because of an accident,” Doyle said. “This is unique that we were involved in the accident.
“… It’s a tragic event,” he said.
“This is the first time we’ve been involved with a fatality,” Doyle said, looking back over his 33 years on the department.
Ladder 3 has been pulled off line for cleanup after the accident, Doyle said.
Friends have set up a Go Fund Me account set up to cover Emery’s funeral expenses.