By Sonya Stevenssstevens@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A College of Charleston student was hit and killed earlier this week while jogging. Police say the accident was Lindsey Ranz's fault; she stepped out in front of a pickup truck.
There are a lot of runners out at night along Lowcountry roads. It's a popular sport in which 40,000 people participate in the Cooper River Bridge Run and thousands will be involved in the marathon this weekend.
Emily Levin is a CofC student and a runner. She said the recent news hit close to home.
"We received an email about it and it just said horrible news, and I saw it last night and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, that is relatable because I go running every day.' So it's a little scary to see that," said Levin.
Jenifer Dallesandro is also a runner and a new mom. She says she is extra cautious these days, too.
"Now that I do have a baby, I do see a lot of people texting pretty much every other car is someone on their phone texting, whether it's a stop light or driving, so I'm a lot more cautious now," said Dallesandro. "I make sure to stop at lights now instead of going through the light. Stop signs are a big thing. I make sure I make eye contact."
And with the Charleston Marathon this weekend, race director Howie Schomer hopes participants keep safety in mind.
In Charleston, you'll find a number of runners on any given day..
"We have traffic blocked off. There is a few spots where there is traffic on the other side of cones so really pay attention to the cones and signs. Wearing headphones is not illegal, but sometimes it takes you out of hearing people yelling, warnings, stuff like that so we recommend not doing it," said Schomer.
As an avid runner, he says that there are steps he takes every time he hits the pavement.
"I usually run facing traffic just so I can see what is coming to me," said Schomer. "Obviously if you are running at night, reflective gear, light clothing if you have flashing lights. They make a lot of that stuff now that we didn't have back in the old days."
Schomer also said that he picks courses that he knows are relatively safe with little traffic.
All these things and a little extra caution will keep you safe during your next run.
Lindsey Ranz's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Lowcountry Community Church in Bluffton.