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September 10, 2021

Longtime assistant to Pat Croce killed after being hit by car in Philly

Sue Barbacane's 'light shines ever so brightly on all she touched,' the former 76ers president said

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Croce assistant killed John Costello/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT/Sipa USA

Former Sixers President Pat Croce, above in a file shot, mourned the death of his longtime assistant, Sue Barbacane. 'If you have ever contacted me, then you know Sue,' he wrote on Twitter. 'God picked a good one.'

Sue Barbacane, a longtime personal assistant to former Sixers President Pat Croce, was killed after being struck by a car while walking in Philadelphia. 

Barbacane, 65, had worked for the entrepreneur for 35 years, Croce said.

"If you have ever contacted me, then you know Sue," Croce wrote on Twitter. "God picked a good one."

Barbacane was walking at Comly Street and Harbison Avenue in Wissinoming around 2:30 p.m. when two vehicles collided at the intersection. One of the vehicles struck the woman, police said.

One driver stayed at the crash scene. The second driver initially fled before returning to the scene, police said.

Barbacane was rushed to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at about 3:45 p.m., NBC10 reported.

She had gone out for an afternoon walk, but later planned to attend the Phillies-Rockies game at Citizens Bank Park, Croce said. 

"Thank you deeply for your thoughts, prayers & meditations," Croce posted. "Sue's light shines ever so brightly on all she touched."

Philadelphia police are investigating the incident as a fatal crash. It's not known clear whether any charges will be filed against the drivers, 6ABC reported.


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