Woman’s death under investigation


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Fayette County Coroner’s office is investigating the death of a 30-year-old woman who died Friday evening, March 27, four days after she apparently fell or collapsed from a garbage truck.

While her death remains under investigation, services for Whitney Danielle Gardner are Thursday, April 2 at Betts and West Funeral Home in Nicholasville.

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According to a statement from Coroner Gary Ginn’s office, she died at 5:37 p.m., March 27 at the University of Kentucky Hospital from blunt force trauma to the head suffered in an accident in the roadway on Lancelot Lane.

Lancelot Lane is about five blocks west of Kirklevington Park east of Nicholasville Road between New Circle and Man-‘O-War.

She was a temporary worker on a Lexington garbage truck and either fell or collapsed and was found by another worker beside the garbage truck, Ginn’s office confirmed Tuesday.

Police provide more information.

“Around noon Monday, March 23, an officer was dispatched to King Arthur Court to assist the fire department with an unknown medical emergency.  Ms. Gardner was described as getting off the truck when it was stopped in order to pick up a piece of trash in the roadway. That is when she collapsed. She was transported to the hospital,” police said in a statement.

Her job involved picking up loose garbage and retrieving trash cans. Employees can ride on the outside of trucks under limited circumstances, but officials haven’t said whether she was riding outside the truck when she was injured.

Gardner worked for the city through a temporary staffing agency, where she had been employed since 2015.

The mother of one daughter, Gardner’s death came 11 days after her 30th birthday, according to her obituary.

She is survived by three sisters and a brother.

Bro. DeWayne Brewer will officiate Thursday’s ceremony and burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, according to the obituary.