A 36-year-old freelance news reporter in New Jersey intentionally drove her vehicle into oncoming traffic, hitting a car and killing a 95-year-old woman, according to police.
Now, the journalist faces a murder charge.
Around 4 p.m. on Feb. 10, 36-year-old Lisa Pollitt got into her vehicle and intentionally drove into oncoming traffic, the Cranbury Police Department said.
Pollitt struck the victims, who were traveling northbound on Route 130, in Cranbury, New Jersey, police said.
Two women were in the vehicle and both sustained serious injuries. They were taken to Robert Woods Johnson Hospital, according to authorities. On Feb. 12, the passenger of the vehicle, 95-year-old Ann “Nancy” Stewart, died.
Investigators said the alleged murder appeared to be a random act, as Pollitt and the victims were unknown to each other.
Pollitt remains in custody pending her next court date, officials said.
New Brunswick Today released a statement after the crash as Pollitt had worked for the company.
We are deeply saddened to learn about the fatal crash that occurred on February 10 in Cranbury. It is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the victims and their families," the statement read. "We were shocked to learn of the involvement of one of our team members, Lisa Pollitt, in that crash. Like all of our writers, she contributed to this publication on a freelance basis and was never an employee.
"She wrote four articles over the course of a year, and her last contribution was published on December 2. We have a policy of welcoming anyone who wishes to join our team, and giving them opportunities to build their skills and serve the community.We wish peace, justice, and healing for all of those who have been hurt or suffered a loss as a result of this very sad situation."