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Pittsburgh Bus Driver Charged After Striking, Killing Student From Philly Suburbs

University of Pittsburgh student and Chester County native Barbara Como was struck and killed by a bus in Pittsburgh earlier this year

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What to Know

  • Authorities have charged a Port Authority bus driver with involuntary manslaughter months after she struck and killed a University of Pittsburgh student from the Philadelphia suburbs.
  • Shavonne James was behind the wheel on Jan. 18 when she turned and hit 20-year-old Barbara Como of Chester Springs.
  • Pittsburgh police on Wednesday also charged the 33-year-old James with reckless driving, failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and operating an improperly equipped vehicle. 

Authorities have charged a Port Authority bus driver with involuntary manslaughter months after she struck and killed a University of Pittsburgh student.

Police on Wednesday also charged 33-year-old Shavonne James with reckless driving, failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and operating an improperly equipped vehicle. It could not be determined if James has a lawyer.

James was behind the wheel of the bus on Jan. 18 when she turned and hit 20-year-old Barbara Como of Chester Springs, Chester County, authorities said. She was taken to UPMC Presbyterian, where she was pronounced dead.

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The college senior studied anthropology and psychology, according to school officials, and she was on track to graduate this year. Como had aspired to be a research psychologist, school officials said.

The incident was caught on surveillance video.

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