RANDOLPH, NJ - Lindsay Ireland, a reporter who worked for several TAPinto.net sites and the Daily Record, died early Oct. 14 after being struck by a vehicle in Randolph, police said.
The incident took place on Route 10 in the early morning, said Randolph police Lt. Christopher Guiliani said that the Ireland, 26, of Randolph, was struck and killed by Victor Retana, 30, of Colonia, who was driving a Chrysler Pacifica. He said the incident appeared to be an accident that might have taken place because Ireland was walking in the road.
"On Sunday, Oct. 14 the Randolph Police Department received a call in regards to a female walking in and out of traffic in the area of 855 Route 10 east," said a statement from the police department. "The caller also stated this female reached out and attempted to 'slap' her vehicle. As officers began responding to the area, several additional calls came in to report someone walking in and out of traffic in the same area."
Randolph Police Officer Brett Sommer, who was responding to the call, was traveling on Route 10 West, police said. As he approached the area of Performance Ford, he saw Retana's eastbound vehicle strike Ireland. Police said Ireland was wearing dark clothes and was not seen by Retana until she was illuminated by the vehicle's headlights just prior to the crash. Retana stopped farther down Route 10 afterward, police said.
Police said they are investigating the incident, including the reasons Ireland was walking on Route 10.
Ireland, who studied journalism at Columbia School of Journalism, worked on a part-time basis for several sites in the TAPinto.net family including TAPinto Roxbury and TAPinto Madison.
"She was a very talented, reliable freelancer who tried hard to be accurate and creative with her work," said TAPinto Roxbury Editor Fred J. Aun. "I'm very sad about this news. I really liked Lindsay."