Photo Courtesy of EKU

Eastern Kentucky University associate professor of biology Suzanne Byrd passed away late last Friday, Nov. 5. Byrd, 64, died from her injuries after being struck by a vehicle in the North Keeneland Drive Wendy’s parking lot. 

Following the initial crash, Byrd was airlifted to the ICU at the University of Kentucky Medical Center Wednesday evening. She passed away late Friday.

Currently, no charges have been filed by the Richmond Police department and the department’s collision reconstruction team is still investigating the incident. 

Byrd received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Austin Peay University in 1979, and her Ph.D. in anatomy and molecular biology from the University of South Alabama in 1987. In 1991, Byrd was hired as a faculty member at EKU in the department of biological sciences. 

Byrd received numerous honors as a professor at EKU, including EKU’s Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year, 2015-16 and 2015’s Golden Apple Award. 

In an email statement to faculty, interim dean for the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences John Bowes expressed his sorrow about Byrd’s passing and her impact at EKU. 

“A faculty member devoted to teaching and her students, she touched many lives on this campus,” wrote Bowes. 

Byrd’s funeral services are being held at Oldham, Roberts, and Powell Funeral Home. Her visitation is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. Byrd’s funeral is scheduled to follow the visitation. 

EKU President David McFaddin is expected to release a statement in the coming days.

To view Byrd's obituary visit

CLARIFICATION: No arrests have been made in this case. 

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