University of Pittsburgh student hit, killed by Port Authority bus

University of Pittsburgh student hit, killed by Port Authority bus
Stock photo of an ambulance. (Marco_Piunti / E+ / Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Authorities in Pennsylvania are investigating an accident involving a Port Authority bus that hit a pedestrian in Oakland just after noon.

Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV confirmed with a Port Authority spokesperson that the pedestrian, a woman, died from her injuries.

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Officials with the University of Pittsburgh later confirmed that the victim was a senior at the university. She was identified by the school as Barbara Como.

Officials released this photo of Como following her death:

Barbara Como
Barbara Como (LinkedIn)

The accident happened at the intersection of Oakland Avenue, De Soto Street and Fifth Avenue near the hospital.

The University of Pittsburgh issued the following statement regarding the deadly accident:

"The Pitt community is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Barbara Como of Chester Springs, Pa., a senior anthropology student and research assistant with the Learning Research and Development Center, and resident of Lothrop Hall.

"As the Pitt community mourns the loss of one of our students, we send our heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends.

"The University Counseling Center will be offering students crisis support this evening at the Wellness Center in Nordenberg Hall and at the Lothrop Counseling Center Office between 7-9 p.m. Students can also reach the University Counseling Center 24/7 by calling 412-648-7930. LifeSolutions, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, is available 24/7 by calling 866-647-3432.

“Pitt Police are assisting with the City and Port Authority law enforcement investigation of this incident.”