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Another pedestrian killed in Chapel Hill

Posted May 18, 2008 6:06 p.m. EDT
Updated May 19, 2008 12:01 p.m. EDT

— 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.