Police: Woman dies after being hit by 3 vehicles in Strip District
By Adam Brandolph and Margaret Harding
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 8:24 a.m.
A West Mifflin woman died on Tuesday morning on her way to work when she was struck by three vehicles in the Strip District.
Doctors pronounced Judith Kollar, 53, dead at 7:33 a.m. in Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side, an employee with the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.
Kollar, who worked as a health information systems invoicing supervisor for Adagio Health on Penn Avenue, was crossing at Smallman and 14th streets when a driver of a sports utility vehicle turning from 14th hit her and knocked her into the opposite lane about 7:10 a.m., said Sgt. Daniel Connolly of the collision investigation unit.
The driver of a box truck hit her, as did the driver of a second SUV, Connolly said. She was in critical condition when paramedics took her to the hospital.
“We believe the large truck driver didn't realize he hit her,” Connolly said.
Police have a photo of the truck from video surveillance cameras, and the Heinz History Center is providing footage from cameras mounted outside its building, about a block away from the accident, spokesman Ned Schano said.
Police said the truck involved may have been owned by Flora Pack, a flower business based in Jordan Station, Ontario.
Robert Whitenect, finance controller for Flora Pack, said he had not been able to reach the driver and could not confirm whether his driver was involved.
Whitenect said his company is cooperating with police. They are searching for the truck, which has a refrigeration unit and a graphic of a woman on the side.
“Judith Kollar was a wonderful co-worker and great friend to many at Adagio Health,” said Adagio spokeswoman Linda Mitchell.
“She was a dedicated and respected professional during her 26-year tenure here. Judy's loss leaves a huge void in our organization, but more importantly, to her family and friends. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with her family during this difficult time.”
Mitchell said Kollar had been scheduled to work on Tuesday, but declined comment. Kollar's co-workers and her daughter, Caitlin, declined to comment.
Retailers whose businesses are on Penn Avenue just a few blocks away from the scene of the accident said where they are located, pedestrian accidents aren't common and motorists tend to slow down.
“Where that accident happened is a whole other area of the Strip District,” said Dan Wholey, owner of Wholey's Market at 17th Street and Penn Avenue.
Anyone who saw the box truck is asked to call the homicide squad at 412-323-7161.
Adam Brandolph and Margaret Harding are staff writers for Trib Total Media.
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