Woman killed after three vehicles hit her in Strip District identified

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Three vehicles -- one of them a box truck -- hit and killed a woman this morning in Pittsburgh's Strip District, police said.

Pittsburgh police Sgt. Daniel Connolly of the bureau's accident investigations unit said a woman was walking from the parking lot across Smallman Street in the crosswalk at 14th Street at 7:08 a.m. when a vehicle hit her.

The impact tossed the woman into the opposite lane, where a large box truck hit her. A third vehicle, an SUV, hit her again, pinning her underneath, Sgt. Connolly said.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office identified the woman as 53-year-old Judith Kollar, of West Mifflin. She was pronounced dead at Allegheny General Hospital at 7:33 a.m.

The box truck did not stop, but police believe it's because the driver was not aware the truck hit someone. Sgt. Connolly said traffic was heavy about that time.

The drivers of the other vehicles stopped at the scene.

An image of the truck captured by the surveillance camera matches that of Canadian flower company Flora Pack. The business makes twice weekly deliveries to the Pittsburgh area, the company's controller, Rob Whitenect, said.

He confirmed a driver was making overnight deliveries in Ohio and Pittsburgh. Mr. Whitenect said police told him the driver was stopped by police near the junction of Interstates 90 and 79 near Erie and was being brought back to Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh police Assistant Chief Regina McDonald said since June 18, three uniformed police officers patrol three Strip District locations: Smallman and 15th streets, Penn Avenue and 15th Street and Penn Avenue and 14th Street between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. and again between 4 and 7 p.m.

The officers are paid for by downtown-based Education Management Corporation.

Spokeswoman Jacqueline Muller said between seven and nine of the company's online higher education employees in the Strip have been hit by cars in that area.

"We put off-duty officers at the crosswalks to ensure the safety of our employees given the history of accidents in that vicinity," she said.

Ms. Kollar was a systems invoicing supervisor at Downtown-based Adagio Health Information System.

"Judith Kollar was a wonderful co-worker and a great friend to many at Adagio Health," according to a statement the company released. "She was a dedicated and respected professional during her 26-year-tenure here. Judy's loss leaves a huge void in our organization, but more importantly to her family and friends. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with her family during this difficult time."

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede. First Published December 11, 2012 12:30 PM


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