Blawnox woman, 70, hit by vehicle outside McDonald's in East Liberty dies

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A 70-year-old woman hit by a vehicle Wednesday outside a McDonald's in East Liberty died Sunday night.

According to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office, Estelle Cepek of Blawnox died at UPMC Presbyterian about 9:30 p.m.

Ms. Cepek was struck in the fast food restaurant parking lot at 120 Penn Circle West just before 7:15 a.m. The vehicle, possibly a dark-colored pickup truck, had been turning into the lot from Penn Circle West, hit her then kept going, according to the Pittsburgh police accident investigations unit.

Passers-by called 911 and Ms. Cepek was taken to the hospital by ambulance, Pittsburgh police Officer Ray Kain said.

An emergency room physician listed her in fair condition, but it was discovered she had some internal injuries, as well as broken bones, Officer Kain said.

Ms. Cepek's husband of 44 years, Tom Cepek, said his wife volunteered at the Mercy Behavioral Health treatment center in East Liberty, where she had handled phone calls since 1988.

She had taken a Port Authority bus near their high-rise Wednesday morning like she does most weekdays.

"I feel kind of strong in a way," Mr. Cepek said. "I'm fighting it in a way. I had some tears come to my eyes."

He said his wife's colleague told him Ms. Cepek used to walk to the McDonald's -- a two-minute walk from the treatment center -- for her morning coffee.

Ms. Cepek, the mother of two adult children, enjoyed going out to eat on the weekends and visiting the library with her husband

The medical examiner's office ruled Ms. Cepek's death accidental. She died of injuries to the head, trunk and extremities.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede. First Published January 21, 2013 7:30 AM


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