College of Charleston student dies after being hit by pickup while jogging
When Lindsey Ranz saw an opossum Monday afternoon near a busy street in downtown Charleston, she did something that wouldn’t surprise her friends.
Traffic was snarled when the 21-year-old College of Charleston student spotted the critter, so she escorted the animal across the road “because I didn’t want it to die,” she later posted on Facebook.
But it wasn’t very thankful for her help.
“It just hissed at me,” she wrote on the site, jokingly calling the opossum a “creepy little ungrateful creature.”
It would be one of the last caring acts by the young woman who was known among her friends as exceptionally kind.
About 6:30 p.m. that day, Ranz was hit by a pickup as she tried to cross the Septima P. Clark Parkway during an evening jog downtown, authorities said.
She was taken to Medical University Hospital, where she died about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Charleston County Coroner’s Office confirmed Wednesday.
It was the second time in the past 14 months that a College of Charleston student has been fatally struck at the intersection of the parkway and Coming Street. In each case, police have faulted the pedestrian as the sole contributor to the accident.
Ranz, a junior, had been studying international business, college spokesman Mike Robertson said.
A 26-year-old James Island man who was driving the 2004 Nissan Titan that hit Ranz will not be charged or ticketed, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said Wednesday.
The report stated that the pickup was going about 35 mph, the speed limit, in the southernmost lane of the road known as the Crosstown Expressway.
Ranz, who lived in Charleston, was jogging along Coming Street and was hit as she tried to cross the four lanes of traffic on that side of the parkway.
The intersection includes a crosswalk and a pedestrian signal, but police said the driver had a green light in the through lane.
A crash Nov. 18, 2012, that killed a 21-year-old exchange student at the college happened under similar circumstances.
Hannah-Rose Elledge was struck by a Jeep as she crossed the parkway with a friend early that Sunday morning. The Jeep’s driver also had a green light and was not at fault, police said.
Elledge was majoring in politics and American studies at Nottingham University in England. She was spending her junior year studying abroad.
Originally from California, Ranz graduated from Bluffton High School in 2010. Outside the classroom, she liked playing guitar, volunteering for her church, modeling and spending time outdoors.
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