A 4-month-old baby girl lost her life when the truck she was in exploded, authorities have said.
The incident occurred on Wednesday morning in the driveway of a residence on Eagle Nest Drive in Nicholasville, Kentucky. According to eyewitnesses, a man was reportedly working on a pickup truck at around 11am on Wednesday when an explosion occurred and the vehicle was instantly engulfed in flames.
Described as wearing blue jeans and no shirt by the police, the man fled the scene. He was later found at a nearby hospital with severe burn injuries. As a precautionary measure, nearby schools were briefly placed in a “soft lockdown,” which has since been lifted. The suspect’s identity has not been disclosed.
Tragically, the 4-month-old infant, identified as Brylee Mae Gill by Jessamine County Coroner Michael Hughes, was inside the vehicle during the explosion and did not survive the incident.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the infant’s cause of death. The circumstances surrounding the vehicle fire and the events leading up to it are under investigation.
The baby’s family set up a GoFundMe page to cover the expenses of the burial. The fundraiser has so far collected just over $2,000 out of the $5,000 target.
On the fundraising page, a family member wrote: “Hi my name is Shirley Smith. I’m putting up this GoFundMe page for my niece Pamela Messer. Today her daughter Brylee Mae [passed] away. At only 4 months old. Brylee [passed] away so unexpectedly there is no insurance for a burial. Any donations are appreciated thank you very much”
In another fundraiser on MealTrain, a close friend of the baby’s mother wrote: “My best friend is going through an awful tragedy, she unexpectedly lost her 4 month old baby girl. I’m just trying to help her anyway I can. You can contact me, Sydney, at 859-753-0433 or her sister Nikki for more info or help with deliveries. Thank you all so much!”
The Nicholasville Police Department said in a post on Facebook: “**IMPORTANT** – Officers are currently investigating a vehicle fire in the area of Eagle Nest Drive. A male subject fled the scene and is believed to have sustained serious injuries. He is believed to be on foot in that area, wearing blue jeans and no shirt. If seen, please notify us immediately.”
In a later update, they added: “**UPDATE** – the male subject has been located. Nearby schools were placed in a “soft lockdown” merely as a precaution. The lockdown has since been lifted.”