Pitt basketball player crashes car into Oakland building

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A University of Pittsburgh basketball player crashed his car through the glass windows of an Oakland building this morning, bruising his ankle and scraping his arm but otherwise emerging unharmed, according to a Pitt spokesman. A city 911 supervisor said no one else was injured.

Lamar Patterson, a 19-year-old red-shirt freshman from Lancaster, Pa., was driving down Forbes Avenue at about 11:30 a.m. when the car in front of him stopped unexpectedly, said E.J. Borghetti, Pitt's associate athletic director for media relations. Mr. Patterson swerved and drove into the Eureka Building, a Pitt-owned high-rise on Forbes Avenue near Coltart Avenue.

The car shattered the glass windows of an empty first floor conference room, said Colleen Heavens, a 23-year-old University of Pittsburgh Press employee who works on the fifth floor of the building. Ms. Heavens did not see the crash, but saw the aftermath.

"There were chairs scattered about," she said. "It looked like a normal conference room but there was half of a car inside of it."

The car had a Pitt basketball bumper sticker, Ms. Heavens said.

After the crash, Mr. Patterson attended a scheduled class, Mr. Borghetti said.

The injuries are not expected to prevent Mr. Patterson from taking part in any basketball activities. The first day of practice for basketball season is Oct. 15.

At about noon today, Mr. Patterson posted a short message on his Twitter account: "God is Great."

University of Pittsburgh police are investigating the crash.


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