A San Francisco firefighter had decided to sue her department for defamation because she claims she was not the driver of the truck that killed an Asiana passenger. Elyse Duckett states the San Francisco fire department targeted her based on her race and sexuality. She denies killing Ye Meng Yuan with her rig during the confusion created by the plane’s fire.
Elyse Duckett believes the Asiana passenger was killed by another fire truck that drove over the area before her, according to NBC Bay Area News. The firefighter thinks she is being used as a scapegoat by the department because they do not like her. She points to Jimmy Yee, the driver of the first truck, as the man responsible for killing Ye Meng Yuan by running her over.
After the Asiana flight crash, Ye Meng Yuan somehow ended up on the tarmac near the plane instead of inside it. She was alive but covered in foam from the firefighter’s equipment as they tried to fight the fire. However, a fire truck ran over her, and the coroner believes this is what killed the student.
Elyse Duckett blames the San Francisco fire department for releasing her name and information to the media in an attempt to defame her. She began to receive phone calls from reporters that led her to believe someone at the department had contacted them first. The firefighter has been forced to seek counseling to help her deal with the emotional stress of the incident and aftermath.
Duckett also points out the fire department attacked her on the phone and yelled at her after she dared to file a complaint. She wants at least $300,000 in damages, but the exact number is not known. Her lawyers argue that the actions of the fire department have led to tremendous pain and damage for Elyse Duckett who insists she is innocent.
According to Elyse Duckett, a video exists that shows the first fire truck ran over the girl and not her truck. There is also a video of her fire truck running over the passenger, but Elyse Duckett explains the girl must have already been dead by the time she ran her over. The firefighter believes her race and sexuality have also played a part in the department’s decision to use her as a scapegoat. She thinks she is being targeted for discrimination based on these factors and wants justice.