Monroe family mourns daughter

18-year-old, Ashley Streeter, died Sunday after being struck by a car on West Railroad Avenue in Jamesburg.

By: Leon Tovey
   "We’ve just been inundated with friends, teachers, neighbors, even customers who had just met her once, and everyone has said she was just a ‘radiant individual,’" Robert Streeter said Wednesday, recalling his 18-year-old daughter, Ashley. "Not a ‘child,’ but an ‘individual.’ "
   A memorial service will be held today (Friday) in Harlem, N.Y., for Ms. Streeter, a Monroe resident who died Sunday when she was hit by a car in front of the Subway on West Railroad Avenue in Jamesburg, where she worked.
   Mr. Streeter said Wednesday that a viewing would be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today (Friday) at St. Charles R.C. Church in Harlem, followed by a funeral Mass at 7 p.m.
   Mr. Streeter said the details of a memorial service for his daughter in Monroe have not yet been finalized, but that the outpouring of condolences from the community has been overwhelming.
   "It doesn’t ease the pain," he said. "But still…"
   Police said this week that Ms. Streeter’s death appeared to have been an accident. Jamesburg Police Detective Louis Ceras said Tuesday that it is unlikely any major charges would be filed against a 17-year-old Helmetta youth who was driving the Jeep Wrangler that struck Ms. Streeter, but that an investigation is ongoing.
   Detective Ceras declined to give the 17-year-old’s name.
   Detective Ceras said the accident occurred when Ms. Streeter, chasing a 16-year-old boy who had taken her cellular phone as a joke, ran out from behind a southbound van and into the path of the northbound Jeep. He said speed did not appear to have been a factor in the accident and that no alcohol or drugs were involved.
   The accident occurred at about 6:50 p.m. and Ms. Streeter was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick at 7:53 p.m., Detective Ceras said. Autopsy results showed she had two broken legs and a traumatic head injury, he said.
   Mr. Streeter said Wednesday evening he was frustrated by the response of the Jamesburg Police Department. He said he has visited police headquarters twice since Sunday and had not received a copy of the police report.
   But he said he and his family, who moved to the township from Harlem in 1996, are putting their frustration on hold for now, so that they can focus on remembering Ashley.
   Ms. Streeter was a 2005 graduate of Monroe Township High School who was attending Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. She is survived by her father, her mother, Trina, and two younger brothers.