Bus strikes, injures Pitt professor in Oakland
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.