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Woman killed by bus identified as Scottish exchange student

Posted May 16, 2008

— The jogger hit and killed by a Chapel Hill Transit bus Thursday was a University of North Carolina law school student on an exchange program from Scotland, police said Friday.

Lisa Carolyn Moran, 20, of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, was attending UNC's School of Law as part of an exchange program with University of Glasgow, law school Dean Jack Boger said in an e-mail.

"She was an adventurous, bright young lady who wanted to broaden her horizons," Matt Marvin, director of communications for UNC's law school, said. "(She) no doubt, had a bright future ahead of her, which, again, is what makes this such a tragic situation."

Moran was trying to cross the intersection of South Columbia Street and Manning Drive, not far from UNC Hospitals, around 11 a.m. Thursday when the bus struck her. She was taken to UNC Hospitals, where doctors pronounced her dead.

Moran arrived on campus in January and had planned to return to Scotland next week, Boger said. She had made many friends, including many international students, during her few months in Chapel Hill, university officials said.

"They're all over the place," Marvin said. "We tried our best, prior to the news being released by the police, ... to contact her friends."

Grief counselors are available on campus for students, faculty and staff, the school said.

The bus driver was placed on paid leave, pending the outcome of an investigation by campus and Chapel Hill police, said Steve Spade, director of Chapel Hill Transit. That follows standard procedure when a driver is involved in an accident.

Police said they will decide next week if they will file charges.


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  • ewanstvn May 22, 2008

    Also another thing that is rampant at Chapel Hill is the way in which people with reckless abandonment, just cross the street with no regard to traffic. Yes they do have right of way but no to in peed the flow of traffic.

  • ewanstvn May 22, 2008

    I think see must have looked the wrong way as she went to cross the street. When I first moved from Scotland I would do it often and also find myself driving on the wrong side of the road. She had not been here very wrong and I'm convinced this is the reason she made such a tragic mistake.

  • egnralnc May 19, 2008

    I've walked around downtown Glasgow and the University of Glasgow nearby (my Brother-n-Law's wife was one of those exchange students from the very same university). I can tell you this - if there are crosswalks in Glasgow, people don't use them and I have no recollection of them. Downtown is a mass of people walking this way and that. They have such a good mass transit and urban rail/subway system that few need to drive downtown or near the University. I felt far safer walking along Glasgow streets then than I do when I'm walking along Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

  • gordonbabe May 19, 2008

    Bottom line; both were probably at fault. The jogger tried to cross... not at a crosswalk, probably didn't see the bus or try to look (why the witnesses were yelling at her). Buses can't stop on a dime, but ALL vehicles on campus should be prepared to stop in preparations for Peds that normally cross outside of crosswalks and other protected areas. Otherwise known as jaywalking.... UNC should bring more cops into the area to enforce this until somebody gets the idea.

  • GWALLY May 16, 2008

    Maybe this young lady forgot which direction and lane the traffic flows is in the US just for a split second. I was in London a few years ago on a crowded street corner and someone stepped out in traffic looking the "wrong" and almost got run over. The English say you can spot an American easily downtown, he is the one looking the wrong way for traffic. Just may have been the case here????

  • newtodurham May 16, 2008

    How did I know that there would be a special interest story on her? Every death is a tragedy. Every life is worth the same when taken away prematurely.

    I lived in CH for eight years and students walk across the street with no regard for traffic laws. I hope she wasn't participating in the same arrogant fashion as my fellow alum and students.

  • kenshi May 16, 2008

    Is there any particular reason why people don't read the previous posts in thread? Most of you are saying the same thing over and over. And for those of you that keep asking about if she was wearing an ipod or mp3 player... as said previously I don't beleive she was, at least I did not see one on her.

  • Centurian May 16, 2008

    I wonder if vehicles drive on the opposite (left) side of the road in Scotland? In London a while back, several of our group where nearly hit by cars. It takes a concious effort to remember to look the OTHER way first when crossing the street there. Perhaps that may have contributed to this accident?

    It is a tragedy, nonetheless.

  • doubletrouble May 16, 2008

    How many times have you witnessed a person walking, facing away from traffic-or a kid on a bike ahead of you going with the flow darting back and forth in the lane, without looking back. When these type of mistakes happen, it's usually quick and there is no reponse time for a driver. Peds do share alot of the responsibility for their own well being, just as much so as drivers should be cautious around Peds. It's a mixed bag.

    That being said, it's a heartbreak for the families envolved and such a sad story for such a beautiful young lady, with so much promise. I pray for the bus driver as I know his heart is torn, as well as the parents of the victim.

  • viking416 May 16, 2008

    "Joggers and pedestrians crossing a street should not be allowed ot have on ear phones."

    And car drivers should not be allowed to use cell phones, loud stereos and eat their lunch while operating a motor vehicle.

    Next time you are behind someone making a right turn...watch them to see if they look right...they look left for cars but I can tell you the majority don't look to their right and that is where people can be crossing the street. I'm not saying pedestrians have no responsibility but a motorists oversight can have deadly results as we have all seen recently