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Police: Chapel Hill runner contributed to fatal bus accident

Posted May 20, 2008

— A Chapel Hill runner hit and killed by a bus last week “contributed to the collision by failing to yield to traffic,” police said Tuesday.

“The investigating officer concluded that (Lisa) Moran lost her footing, causing her to eventually slide under the bus. Ms. Moran was wearing an iPod when the collision occurred. No charges were filed against the bus driver,” the police statement read.

Moran, 20, was a University of North Carolina law school student on an exchange program from Scotland. She 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.

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.

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


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  • mrkagain May 20, 2008

    "If I catch ya, it'll cost you a hundred bucks. ;)"

    Fair enough. LOL

    Good think I'm not a trooper...... I'd never issue a citation to a grown man, or woman, for not wearing a seat belt, so long as they had no children in the vehicle. Unless, of course, I was involved in one of those dog and pony shows they call click it or ticket....... have a nice day.

  • caryhomeimprovement May 20, 2008

    leo-nc, if it is within your jurisdiction, you should be able to make Chapel Hill or the state alot more than the $100 seat belt fine if you sit around the campus area and help make this a safer area for all of us. I think there are a lot of citizens that would appreciate your help here.

  • leo-nc May 20, 2008

    "Well I was misunderstood, then. Sorry about that. I normally wore seat belts for years before the law was passed. However, sometimes, when I'm alone, I don't just because I hate being told what to do."

    If I catch ya, it'll cost you a hundred bucks. ;)

  • kfestus May 20, 2008

    I was at that very same tragic intersection a few months ago and a young man who was crossing in front of me was wearing an Ipod (I could hear just about every note of his so-called music from 10 feet away). The boy dropped an envelope in the intersection and didn't notice. I picked it up and tried to get his attention, but he didn't hear me. Finally, I caught up to him on the other side of the street and tapped him on the shoulder to give him his envelope back. He turned and looked at me with wide eyes like I was about to eat him whole and uncooked. Granted, I am a large and hirsute person, but still...those Ipod earbugs put people in a different world. It is ignorant and unsafe to wear them in a high-traffic area. At least turn the dang music down a bit so you can hear something around you.

  • caryhomeimprovement May 20, 2008

    Something else that is sad about all of this is the fact that it has not changed the way anyone is doing anything in that area even though a precious young lady lost her life and an innocent bus driver will be scarred for life.

    This morning I had bus #702 run a stop sign and pulled out right in front of me putting my safety and his passengers at risk. Yesterday bus #820 nearly sideswiped 3 cars and forced them into an oncoming traffic lane causing other cars to nearly have to leave the road when he merged into the left hand lane where 15-501 and Columbia St merge from 4 lanes down to two lanes. He did all of this without even using a turn signal.

    I have also had to wait on several pedestrians who decide to run across the street or a crosswalk with the "no walk" signal. At the rate I am seeing things, it won't be long before we see something like this happen again.

    This is very sad, and not needed. I just hope it's not me or my wife involved.

  • Common Sense Man May 20, 2008

    "The NC Driver's Manual says that regardless of who has the right of way, it is better for drivers to yield to pedestrians in all circumstances than end up killing someone. Did the driver see the pedestrian and did the driver expect the pedestrian to yeild right of way?"

    I don't know for sure, but from the story it doesn't sound like she was simply crossing the street and got run over. It sounds like she turned right in front of the bus or "slid" under it. The driver's manual might read what you posted, but the law reads that pedestrians have to yield to cars in some circumstances.

  • Deb1003 May 20, 2008

    I suggest ..runners, quit clogging your ears w/ earbuds...and drivers, get off that phone. Both are detrimental to your own safety as well as the safety of others.

  • BLOCKHEAD SQUARED May 20, 2008

    Very sad that this girl lost her life.

    Let this be a lesson to all y'all with these Ipods and cellophones stuck in your ears while walking, driving, shopping it makes no difference.


    Life often gives the test first and then the lesson comes afterwards.

  • oldschooltarheel May 20, 2008

    ez - you give too much creds - they aren't even aware you are there! They barely have down which pedal is for what! Cross carefully, it doesn't matter how much John Edwards is able to collect by "channelling" you - you'll still be gone. Every other state I have lived in (even big lonely western states) has "pedestrian has right-of-way" laws - not here. That being said, I think the expectation not to step into on-coming traffic is plain old common sense. Also, the bigger the vehicle, the greater the berth you, as the pedestrian, should give it. Big vehicles, like SUVs, trucks & busses, can't brake & stop suddenly. Use those skills taught kindergardeners in some places, "stop, look both ways, look again & then cross" - it works.

  • Dr. Dataclerk May 20, 2008

    If you had a crosswalk, would the pedestrians faithfully use them. NO! There are crosswalks in the local area. Are people using them like they should? Are people crossing any old where. Then that may be a problem too since they should go where it is OK to cross.