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Pedestrian identified in fatal Chapel Hill accident

Posted May 19, 2008 11:42 a.m. EDT
Updated May 19, 2008 12:37 p.m. EDT

— 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.