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Another pedestrian killed in Chapel Hill

Posted May 18, 2008
Updated May 19, 2008

— For the second time in a few days, a pedestrian was hit and killed in Chapel Hill.

The latest accident happened Saturday night, about 5 miles away from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Police said a woman was trying to cross Weaver Dairy Road at Perkins Drive around 8:45 p.m., when she was hit by a pickup truck. She died at the scene.

A witness told WRAL the woman who was struck was wearing dark-colored clothing. The pickup driver said he didn't see the woman trying to cross, the witness said.

“I'm not that surprised that someone got hit. I've thought many times that something could happen,” another witness, Shanti Gerig, said.

Gerig lives just feet away from the intersection where the woman was struck. There is no crosswalk there.

“Once I almost got hit myself,” Gerig added.

Lisa Carolyn Moran, 20, who was from Scotland, was jogging through south campus on Manning Drive just before 11 a.m. Thursday when a transit bus struck her. Moran was transported to UNC Hospitals, where she died.

The two pedestrian deaths have residents talking about traffic safety.

“I'm a native here. I've been here all my life. Traffic is way too congested in Chapel Hill,” Bart Moody said.

The investigation into both accident continues, police said Sunday.

“You think that consciousness would have been raised and people would have been highly aware and highly sensitive. It's pretty shocking, pretty shocking,” runner Amanda Cameron said.

Police withheld the name of the victim and the driver from Saturday's crash. No charges have been filed.

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  • Dr. Dataclerk May 19, 2008

    Did you happen to read the part whereby the woman was wearing DARK clothes, crossing the street in the DARK and not in a crosswalk?

    Yes I did. and ......your point, missy?

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 19, 2008

    Read my comments and you will find your answer.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx May 19, 2008

    "People in too big of a hurry and nothing is that important that drivers can't slow down, go the speed limit and pay attention to the road!"

    Did you happen to read the part whereby the woman was wearing DARK clothes, crossing the street in the DARK and not in a crosswalk?

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 19, 2008

    Since this is a University where you are going to see more students and people that works at the hospital and attend school there, visting hospital etc, I believe people who are driving should make every effort to watch the speed limit, drive safely, watch carefully for pedestrians. The pedestrians should take the plugs out of their ears and observe their surrounding, look both ways before crossing and be safe in general. Two lives taken because maybe someone was in such a hurry going no where. I wonder if this has taught the drivers a valid lesson? No-one wants to take a life just because we simply was not paying ATTENTION. SLOW DOWN and OBSERVED drivers and pedestrians.

  • foetine May 19, 2008

    Chapel hill really needs to deal with this problem.

  • podtalk May 19, 2008

    Here is some words of advice for pedestrians. First, when you SEE HEADLIGHTS COMING, do not attempt to cross the road, lights mean that a vehicle is approaching, and you will not win against a 2 ton vehicle. Second, DO NOT WEAR DARK CLOTHES. Dark clothing makes you, are you ready for this, HARD TO SEE WHEN IT'S DARK OUT. We'll stop for now because I want you to be able to understand those 2 simple directions. Come back in a bit I may give you a few more helpful pointers.

  • Gardener May 19, 2008

    The woman hit on campus was visiting from the UK- I wonder if she looked the wrong way before crossing- this happens to lots of Americans visiting London. It's very unfortunate and I am sorry for her family.

  • Raydianse May 19, 2008

    chapel hill is one area where pedestrians have no concern for cars. They just walk out in front of cars all the time with the assumption that you see them and will stop but it is very dangerous. It's almost like the people don't care if they get hit, I know that when I am in Raleigh or wherever crossing the street I am looking left and right before I even think about stepping out, it doesn't matter who has the right of way when you are dead. Walkers, Runners, etc need to watch out for themselves where bright colored clothes when you go out at night didn't your momma ever teach you anything? Sorry for the loss, I just hope this will make pedestrians more careful.

  • maggle May 19, 2008

    I won't even turn left at that intersection if I can avoid it...yikes.

  • Scubagirl May 19, 2008

    So sorry for this additional loss. People (both drivers and pedestrians) need to pay attention to the task at hand and also drivers need to slow down! People in too big of a hurry and nothing is that important that drivers can't slow down, go the speed limit and pay attention to the road!

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