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Pedestrian identified in fatal Chapel Hill accident

Posted May 19, 2008

— Chapel Hill police on Monday identified the victim of a fatal pedestrian accident near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a homeless woman who stayed in the area.

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

Sims is the second pedestrian killed in Chapel Hill in the past week. Lisa Carolyn Moran, 20, of Renfrewshir, Scotland, was jogging through the campus late Thursday morning when a transit bus struck her.

Sims was featured in a Jan. 14, 2008, article in The Daily Tar Heel, UNC's student newspaper. The article, about a homeless shelter opening in the area, said Sims was married to a man identified only as "Taz."

Investigators have not filed any charges but said Monday the investigation is ongoing. Police are still asking that any witnesses to the crash call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or send an e-mail to Lt. Chuck Quinlan at cquinlan@townofchapelhill.org.

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


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  • ncguy May 20, 2008

    Chapel hill is a homeless persons destination- It's kinda like Florida retirment- They are handed out free everything- why get a job when you are taken care of? I nice place to stay, free meals- free tax free money-- HMM? I might change my career!

    They even hand deliver lunch to them- on 15-501 around 12 Noon in front of that used car palce by new hope commons-

    I'm glad they don't tolerate begging in my town!

  • GinkgoPhyta May 19, 2008

    Barbara and her husband had been camping out in the woods on the exit ramp to I-40 off of MLK Jr. Blvd. in the past.


    That might explain why she was in the area. I think Chapel Hill is trying to get homeless people into homes as the homeless population is becoming a larger situation in our community. Maybe it would help to prevent things like this from happening while costing the tax payer. I still don't know how I feel is the best way to handle the situation, but traveling the roads at night (especially without bright attire or a flashlight) is usually not too safe. I am just lucky that I was not venturing to Harris Teeter to do my grocery shopping that night as I usually do.

  • TriangleMommy May 19, 2008

    ummm impatient, it has been established that the woman was homeless. I don't think photos of her were exactly laying around in pretty little photo albums.
    Sad - but I tend to agree with some of the others - something just doesn't seem quite right about this.

  • b4self May 19, 2008

    If she was homeless maybe she was wearing all she out.So sorry for her family and friends, we all have to be more careful ,drivers as well as pedestrians.

  • bottleworks May 19, 2008

    WRAL seems for forget that is the the third pedestrian death in Chapel Hill in the last month. They keep bring up the bus accident, but ignoring the first... I don't get it?

  • Johnny Da Lounge May 19, 2008

    You know....I've never gotten hit by a car in the road. Why? because, I don't cross out in front of one. If you get hit by a car, it is, because, you did cross in front of a car. You know cars are on roads. YOU!, as pedestrian, need to cross when safe! I know I do.

  • gto77 May 19, 2008

    Very Sad....

  • ncguy May 19, 2008

    Yes she was homeless and not nice! I asked her to leave our property only to get a tongue lashing.

    Might have been suicide we will never know?

  • GinkgoPhyta May 19, 2008

    Wow...I know who this is. She has asked me for money several times on MLK Jr. Blvd./Franklin St. One time she cussed me out pretty good because I told her I had none to give. She may have thought I was mocking her, but I wasn't.

    Still, it is sad. Most people that frequent Franklin St. will most likely know her. Prayers go out to her husband and others. If you are a pedestrian walking at night, please remember to wear bright colors...even reflective vests. I know that most peoples' night vision is not the best. Drivers also need to stay alert all the time.

  • ms b May 19, 2008

    If she's homeless, it may be the only one available. So sad.