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Pedestrian hit by bus in Chapel Hill

Posted October 27, 2008

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— A Chapel Hill Transit bus struck a pedestrian near the campus of the University of North Carolina late Monday afternoon.

Campus and town police responded to the wreck at Mason Farm Road and South Columbia Street around 4:15 p.m.

The pedestrian, whose identity was withheld, was being treated at UNC Hospitals that night, police said.

Police did not release more details on the cause of the collision and the condition of the victim.


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  • mpheels Oct 28, 2008

    Was just reading an article about pedestrian deaths in NYC (in the NY Times) and this statement struck me as very appropriate to this discussion:

    "People tend to confuse the legal sense in which drivers are required to yield to pedestrians with the practical ability to stop a moving vehicle quickly enough to avoid hitting someone who walks in front of it."

  • gordonbabe Oct 28, 2008

    The bottom line... No one should ASSUME anything! That's the problem with Chapel Hill! The pedestrians assume all traffic will stop for them and the traffic assumes that there won't be any pedestrians jumping out from in between the other cars. Then all of a sudden... Here we are again.

    People think buses can stop on a dime. Buses drive like they believe they can stop that fast.

    The other problem, one that no one can really control is early morning commutes coming on to Manning from Columbus, or on to Mason Farm from Columbus. When the sunlight hits you just right, the drivers can't see anything. What good do those pedestrian crosswalks do then? I creep along, but people still jump out in front of me.

  • beaver Oct 28, 2008


    She died. I knew that she had when it happened. God bless her family. God bless the bus driver too.

  • beaver Oct 28, 2008

    I dont know. I didnt see anything. I was reading. It had been a long day. I was just trying to get to my car so that I could go home. Right after the bus made the left turn, was when the accident happened. I thought that we had rear-ended a car. (That's what it sounded and felt like.) Everyone was just silent for a couple of minutes in shock. Especialy the driver. I do not know that anyone was at "fault". No one meant for it to happen of course. I just can't get it out of my head.

  • Common Sense Man Oct 28, 2008

    Beaver, who do you think was at fault?

  • chickentender63 Oct 28, 2008

    I just read in the comments on the N&O website that the victim passed away.

    While I am not surprised, I am very sad. Did it say how old this person was? I pray for both them, their family, and the bus driver.

    It get's to be a little crazy in this area, because you have to have your head spinning around backwards like a mad witch all the time to keep a good look out on whats going to happen next. Yes, the pedestrians make mistakes, but so do the bus drivers and other motorists. Everyone is in such a hurry all the time around there. I have gotten to the point of driving 20-25 mph max in this area because you never know whats going to happen, and then you have an idiot that will blow past you doing 50 on S. Columbia, and then a bus will run the stop sign and pull out in front of them.

    I said last time the other girl died, that we would see more of this this year, and we are. All people need to slow down and pay attention!

    So sad for the family today!

  • Common Sense Man Oct 28, 2008

    Even if the bus is at fault, how could you not avoid it?

  • Common Sense Man Oct 28, 2008

    "Maybe it's time for the UNC traffic police to quit writing so many parking tickets and give out a few for jaywalking and crossing against the light."

    UNC police officers don't write parking tickets, it's non-sworn personnel that do that.

  • beaver Oct 28, 2008

    I was on that bus. It was a terrible thing to have had to experience. I did'nt sleep much last night. I would like to let the lady and her family know that they are in my thoughts and prayers. As well as the bus driver.

  • mpheels Oct 28, 2008

    con amor, I agree with you. What I'm saying is that, with the lights as they are now (because that's what we have to deal with right now), pedestrians should be able to cross with the light with a reasonable degree of certainty that left turning traffic will yield to them just as they would yield to another car traveling straight.