Accident report diagrams what may have happened in Ninth Street fatality

The man hit and killed by a car Friday evening was likely crossing West Ninth Street improperly and wearing difficult-to-see clothing at the time, police say.

Both factors apparently contributed to the accident, according to a Lawrence Police Department report.

Just before 9:30 p.m. Friday, 58-year-old Bruce Coburn, of Lawrence, was walking southbound near the intersection of West Ninth and Illinois streets when he was hit by a black Volvo that was headed east on West Ninth, the report says.

Emergency responders attempted life-saving measures on Coburn before he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A diagram in the accident report pictures Coburn crossing West Ninth Street between Illinois and Mississippi streets. In another section of the report, the investigating officer indicated that he believed Coburn had been crossing the street improperly and wearing dark or otherwise hard-to-see clothing.

The driver of the Volvo, 26, was neither arrested nor cited at the scene, the report indicates. He was tested for impairment, and those test results are pending. Police have not released the identity of the driver.

Coburn was a longtime office assistant with the University of Kansas Libraries. On Monday both KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Dean of KU Libraries Kevin L. Smith acknowledged Coburn’s contributions to KU and offered their condolences to his family and friends.