Pedestrian killed by car on Ninth Street was longtime KU employee

The Lawrence Police Department has identified the pedestrian killed by a car Friday as a longtime University of Kansas employee.

According to a news release Monday from the department’s public affairs officer, Sgt. Amy Rhoads, 58-year-old Bruce Coburn, of Lawrence, was walking southbound at 9:28 p.m. Friday in the roadway at the intersection of West Ninth and Illinois streets when he was struck by a black Volvo that was eastbound on West Ninth Street and was driven by a 26-year-old man. The driver’s name was not provided.

The news release states that emergency responders attempted life-saving measures on Coburn at the scene before he was pronounced dead.

No citations or arrests have been made in relation to the incident, Rhoads said.

Coburn was an office assistant with University of Kansas Libraries, where he worked since 1981.

“Bruce occupied a unique place within our library family. Those who knew him appreciated his humor and wry perspective; his loss will be felt by us all,” said Kevin L. Smith, dean of KU Libraries. “Our sympathies and thoughts are with Bruce’s colleagues, family and friends during this difficult time.”

In a statement released Monday, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little also acknowledged Coburn’s long contribution to the university.

“Bruce Coburn’s contributions to our university spanned more than three decades, during which he worked to keep our university community connected. We are saddened to learn of his death, and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and to those who knew him at KU.”