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Man hit by bus was SLO resident

San Luis Obispo police identified the 71-year-old man who died Wednesday after he was struck by a county Regional Transit Authority bus as Richard Cox of San Luis Obispo.

The bus on Route 12A was traveling north on Santa Barbara Street near the intersection with Broad Street in San Luis Obispo at 8:27 p.m. when it struck Cox as he was crossing the road just north of Roundhouse Avenue, according to police.

Police said Wednesday night that Cox suffered major injuries, including head trauma. San Luis Ambulance took Cox to French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The bus driver has been placed on paid administrative leave while the transit authority conducts an investigation, RTA Executive Director Edward King said Thursday.

He said the agency is cooperating with the police department’s investigation and declined to release the employee’s name, citing the ongoing investigations.

The driver was hired Aug. 1, 2009, he said. King declined to say where she previously worked or comment on her driving record with the transit authority.

“We will release a statement at the conclusion of the RTA investigation,” he said.

San Luis Obispo police Capt. Chris Staley said Thursday that police are waiting on results from blood taken from both the driver and Cox to see whether alcohol or drugs played a part in the incident.

Once the results are available, which should take less than a week, police could determine the cause, Staley said.

Police said that at least four people arrived on the scene shortly after the incident, followed by fire and law enforcement personnel.

One man administered CPR, but his attempts at resuscitation, and those of paramedics, were ultimately unsuccessful.

No passengers were on the bus apart from the female driver, police said, noting that the bus had just gone into service at the time of the incident.

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