ShareThis Page
News

Bus strikes, injures Pitt professor in Oakland

Tony LaRussa
| Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

A University of Pittsburgh professor was critically injured Friday when a Port Authority bus struck her as she attempted to cross Fifth Avenue near the William Pitt Student Union in Oakland.

Sabina E. Deitrick, 51, of Point Breeze was taken to UPMC Presbyterian with head injuries, a Port Authority official said. She is an associate professor at Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, according to the university.

The 54C bus, which services the North Side, Oakland and South Side, was traveling outbound in Fifth Avenue's dedicated bus lane about 11:30 a.m. when Deitrick apparently stepped into the path of the bus, said David Whipkey, Port Authority spokesman.

The bus driver, Daryl Glaze, sounded his horn and swerved but was unable to avoid striking her, Whipkey said.

Deitrick was attempting to cross the street at the 20-foot wide driveway that leads into the student union.

Except for the driveway area, that section of Fifth Avenue is fenced off to prevent pedestrians from crossing. Signs that read "bus lane look left" are posted on the fence on either side of the driveway. One of the signs, however, is partially blocked by a street lamp.

Several passengers were on the bus when the accident occurred but no injuries were reported, Whipkey said.

Glaze, 45, has been a Port Authority driver since September 2004 and has not been involved in any accidents before, Whipkey said. Glaze was placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to standard procedure. He also will be tested for alcohol and drugs.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me