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Police: Chapel Hill runner contributed to fatal bus accident

Posted May 20, 2008 10:02 a.m. EDT
Updated May 20, 2008 11:39 a.m. EDT

— 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.