Two Orange County Pedestrians Killed in Separate Accidents

ORANGE COUNTY-  Two pedestrians have died this week in separate accidents in Orange County.

A man was struck and killed by a car just before 6:30 Tuesday evening as he walked along Bethel Hickory Grove Church Road five miles west of Carrboro.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman driving the car that hit him was reportedly uninjured. The State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

This marks the second pedestrian death in Orange County in three days.

On Sunday morning shortly after 9 o’clock, a man walking along railroad tracks on Buckhorn Road east of Mebane was hit and killed by an Amtrak passenger train. The Carolinian was carrying 118 passengers from Charlotte to New York. No other injuries were reported.

Authorities have not released the name of either victim.

News Around Town: Smith Level Construction; OC Library Closure; 140 W Franklin

CHAPEL HILL – A nearly one-mile stretch of Smith Level Road in Carrboro will soon see major improvements, but not before the public has a chance to weigh in on the proposed work.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. to discuss the widening plans that include bike lanes, sidewalks, and turn lanes with a center median. A roundabout is also planned at the intersection of Rock Haven Road and Smith Level Road.

Monday’s meeting will take place at Carrboro Town Hall. An NCDOT representative as well as the project contractor will be in attendance to answer any questions about the project and the expected timeline.


The Orange County Main Library and the Cybrary Branch will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday to allow the staff to devote time to developing its strategic plan.

A series of public input sessions and an online survey were conducted and will be discussed when designing the strategic plan.

For more information, call the OC Main Library at 919-245-2525.


The grand opening of 140 West Franklin Street is two months away and Ram Realty Services recently announced the sale of its 100th luxury home.

The development includes 140 homes in all as well as 26,000 square feet of street-level retail, a public plaza, and two levels of covered parking.

The project that has shut down a portion of Church Street as well as closing a lane of Franklin Street also includes 18 affordable homes that are being sold through a partnership with the Town by Community Home Trust.

A public grand opening and dedication ceremony of 140 West Franklin will be held Friday, April 26.