Police identify 66-year-old killed by city bus on MU campus

(Columbia Tribune) – Police have identified the 66-year-old pedestrian killed Monday morning after being struck by a city of Columbia bus near Stadium Boulevard and Monk Drive.

David C. Birkenbach of Columbia was walking across Stadium Boulevard at about 8 a.m. when a bus driven by 22-year-old Hamis Mukiwa attempted to turn left from Champions Drive onto Stadium, police spokeswoman Bryana Larimer said in a news release. The bus had a yellow left-turn signal — indicating it could complete the turn after yielding to traffic and pedestrians — and Birkenbach was legally within the crosswalk, Larimer said. Mukiwa did not yield to Birkenbach while completing the turn, which led to the fatal crash. 

Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash, Larimer said.

Birkenbach was taken to a local hospital for life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead. Mukiwa was not injured, Larimer said, nor were eight passengers aboard the bus at the time of the crash. A different city bus took the eight passengers to Memorial Student Union.

Birkenbach is not affiliated with the University of Missouri, according to MU‘s online directory.

City Manager Mike Matthes said the city was cooperating with an investigation of the crash.

“On behalf of the city of Columbia, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of the individual,” Matthes said in a prepared statement.

Mukiwa is a temporary, part-time employee and was placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation of the incident, the release said. Mukiwa was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, police said.

Video from cameras on the bus was turned over to the Columbia Police Department to aid in the investigation, according to the release.

The intersection is on the south side of the MU campus, near the Hearnes Center and the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute. The crash shut down the westbound lanes of Stadium Boulevard for about an hour, Larimer said.