Judge hears arguments on release of video showing UConn student’s death

HARTFORD  — A Hartford Superior Court  judge heard arguments Monday about whether to prohibit the public release of a surveillance video that shows a University of Connecticut student getting run over and killed by a campus fire department vehicle.

The Hartford Courant and other news organizations have requested the release of the video, which shows the October accident that killed 19-year-old sophomore Jeffny Pally, of West Hartford. Pally’s parents are asking a judge to bar release of the recording, saying it would cause them anguish. They’re suing UConn.

The judge heard arguments from the state, the victim’s family, the Freedom of Information commission and The Hartford Courant. The Freedom of Information Commission and Courant filed motion to intervene as interested parties.

A decision is expected next week on the motion.

Authorities said Pally fell asleep in front of the fire department after drinking alcohol. A department SUV accidentally ran over her while responding to what turned out to be a false alarm.