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Driver won't face charges in fatal pedestrian accident

Posted June 2, 2008

— Chapel Hill police said Monday that charges won't be filed in a fatal pedestrian accident last month involving a homeless woman.

Barbara Boone Sims, 38, was trying to cross Weaver Dairy Road at Perkins Drive around 8:45 p.m. on May 17 when a pickup truck hit her, police said. She died at the scene.

Police said Sims contributed to the collision because she was crossing the street in an area that wasn't designated as a pedestrian crossing zone.

One witness told WRAL News that Sims was wearing dark clothing and that the pickup driver said he did not see Sims trying to cross.


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  • chatamite Jun 2, 2008

    Be careful what you write here. If you didn't do the investigation, then you surely don't know the evidence or the time involved in doing the right thing.

  • Number1SRO Jun 2, 2008

    It was tragic that Ms. Sims lost her life but her being homeless had nothing with the driver not being charged with anything. Ms. Sims crossed at a poorly lit area of Weaver Dairy Rd. and was wearing dark colored clothes as she usually did. I know this because Ms. Sims has been around that area of town for several years. If she had just walked several yards further down the road she could have crossed at a very well lit marked crossing area.

  • Common Sense Man Jun 2, 2008

    "Just wondering the charges would have been filed if she WASN'T homeless?"

    You mean like the charges that were filed against the bus driver who ran over a student that wasn't in a crosswalk? Oh, never mind, they weren't filed for that case either.

  • Scubagirl Jun 2, 2008

    Just wondering the charges would have been filed if she WASN'T homeless?
    Also WRAL you need a human proof reader!