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Woman killed by bus identified as Scottish exchange student

Posted May 16, 2008 11:06 a.m. EDT
Updated May 16, 2008 8:25 p.m. EDT

— 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.