UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed ID'd as Randolph Teen

18-year-old Brian Smith fatally struck by a box truck Saturday morning on Route 10.

An 18-year-old Randolph resident has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck by a furniture store box truck Saturday morning on Route 10 in Randolph that shut down the roadway for about a mile in both directions for several hours, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

The victim has been identified as Brian Smith, according to Capt. Jeffrey Paul, a spokesman for Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi.

Smith appeared to have been struck by a Raymour and & Flanigan box truck in a traffic lane at about 8:45 a.m., the prosecutor's office said. The truck remained on the scene, stopped on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes.

The accident remains under investigation. No summons or other charges had been issued as of Saturday afternoon, Paul said.

The Randolph Township Police Department, Morris County Prosecutor's Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Morris County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Section and the Morris County Medical Examiner's Office all responded to the scene.

Route 10 was closed in Randolph between Canfield Avenue and Dover Chester Road for about three hours before re-opening shortly before noon, Paul said.

If anyone has information on the incident, contact the Randolph Police Department at 973-989-7000 or the Morris County Prosecutor's Office at 973-285-6200.

Patch will update this story when more details are available.

Laura July 07, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Danica, do you really think everyone has a car to get to where they need to go? Maybe his car broke down, or maybe he wanted to walk!!!! Do you think everyone has money to buy a car, pay the gas, insurance etc? Do you live in this real world of poor economic times? Was this person on their way to work, going home or to a friends? That does not matter, they were walking and a truck hit him. Was it the driver's fault? What responsibilities do you take on when you get behind the wheel of any motor vehicle? Unless this man purposely walked in front of the truck to get hit, it is completely the truck drivers fault. When you get behind the wheel of any motor vehicle, it is your complete responsibility to be in control at all times. This is why cell phones, food, tv's, gps's are distractions in vehicles and cause many accidents. Also, driving the speed limit is so important, especially in a truck which has various weights and control between being full, half full and empty and changes the stopping distance of the truck at different speeds. Did you happen to learn any of this in Drivers Ed Class? This being said and not knowing what happened, since neither of us were there, an accident is called an accident for a reason, and for you to judge the victim without any compassion is horrible, the man is dead!!!!!!!! And the truck driver has to live with this. Open your eyes, and I hope I never have to walk where you drive.
Kim July 07, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I live in front of where he was hit. Route 10 isn't a major highway, there are homes and stores and businesses on both sides
Mike July 07, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Have to agree I was driving on route 10 shortly before this happened. There was a bunch of these trucks on the road this morning. They drive crazy I will pray for the family of the victim.
steve revette July 07, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Where was the kid when he was walking? Was he by a cross walk? Was he not by a cross walk? I feel terrible that this happened but we don't know all the facts. Kim do you know for sure the driver was texting and speeding?
Karen C. July 07, 2012 at 09:38 PM
My deepest sympathies to Brian's family and friends. This is such a tragedy. Prayers to all those involved. :(
Mike N July 07, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Kim you're calling the driver the victim? You're coming off as a pretentious one who scoffs at and spits at other generations. Humble up and have some sympathy for Brian and his family.
Rick July 07, 2012 at 09:49 PM
It's terrible what happened, but there is more to the story which will be released to the public soon. There were witnesses on the scene that saw the entire incident happen. I agree the R&F truck drivers drive fast on 10, but this time there was no way for the driver to react in time.
Kim July 07, 2012 at 11:04 PM
No I, calling Brian the victim, there was an earlier comment by someone who deleted their comment that was saying it was Brian's fault for walking on a so called highway so I really resent the pretentious comment. I was up close and saw brian covered so I have the upmost deepest sympathy for his family
Andrew July 08, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I feel bad for Mr. Smith. I attend CCM and know a lot of his friends. It's a shame for an 18 year old to be killed. However, regardless of whose fault it is, both sides will have trauma for the rest of their lives. I hope Mr. Smith wasn't doing anything stupid on Route 10.. People fly down that hill... But regardless folks.. Use a cross-walk at ALL times which A LOT of people seem to forget in this state..
Marlee Carrasquillo July 08, 2012 at 10:50 AM
I do not know anyone involved but this is a terrible tragedy for the victim who was kliled and his family I send prayers to them that they find peace...also for the driver who I am sure had no intention of killing a perosn and now must I've with this for the rest of his life. I could not imagine being responsible or taking the life of another person.just a horrible accident
John Doe July 08, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Blah Blah Blah, The kid shouldnt have been walking on the side of the highway where there is no sidewalk to walk, Raymour & Flannagan trucks do go fast, ummm the speed limit which is 50 on Rt.10. Any thing that gets in the way of a box truck is meat. Even @ 20MPH. Wait till the report comes out. My condolences goes to the family. Also Suburban Furniture is a worse company with a horrible driving record and I know also that the Suburban Furniture Drivers HAVE NO LICENCE and are driving!! I know cause I know all the drivers and workers there!!! Raymour & Flannagan train their drivers in house and dont hire outside contractors unlike Suburban Furniture. ALSO keep eye out for Suburban Furniture Van, the person that drives it, drives under the influence of alcohol and the owenrs of Suburban Furniture DONT CARE.
Suzie July 08, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Let me start by saying that I am deeply sorry for the young man and his family for all that has happened. But you should not put blame on the driver cause no one knows the facts. Is the police not only looking at what the driver may or may not have been doing but also look into what the young man was doing. And I think you know exactly what I mean. And the driver is now going to go through his grief so let him be. And let the family be. I shouldnt be writing this cause I hate gossip but its horrible that people are allowed to comment on such tragedies. This should not be allowed. Let people be!!!! Think what if you were the driver or the young man or his family. Shame on all of you.
mike July 08, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Its a sad tradgedy for everyone involved. However all witnesses involved all have said he jumped in front of the truck. Also prior to that he jumped in front of a car but missed. The truck driver is at no fault for this. they are both victims along with his family. I wish that someone was able to help him before he made a decision to take his own life.
Nameless July 08, 2012 at 03:41 PM
This was a suicide! He was very selfish to have done this to an innocent driver! Now he has to love the rest of his life knowing he killed some one!
Nameless July 08, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I know this because my brother Is a Randolph police officer
dave July 08, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Dave I'm sorry to here that this was a suicide, but just think how bad the drivers feel. But then to say how these drivers are to blame and to make just dumb comments show how little you know. I have lived in Randolph for 36 years and have had no problems with these drivers
Emily July 08, 2012 at 09:45 PM
nameless, I believe you just got your brother in trouble. When there is an ongoing investigation everything is to be kept under wraps until it is finished. I hope your brother realizes that everything is confidential until otherwise released to the public. Please Randolph PD you should know better . Don't feel to confident with this situation or any other one if your officers are talking before thinking. Whoever you are I hope I never come in contact on an official basis because I would feel totally violated by the lack of confidentiality. please try to contain yourself.
Melanie July 08, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Nameless- I think it is very inappropriate to use information from a public official and post it on a public forum. This is a tragedy all around and even if it was a suicide, we don't know any of the circumstances. Its not our place to vilify anyone. Shame on you!
Anonymous20 July 09, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Seriously dude? That's my friend, and I would appreciate it if you didn't reveal that kind of information. Keep it to yourself, you didn't know the kind of person he was. I hope your brother loses his job.
john July 09, 2012 at 11:03 AM
keep up the good work start your day with a D.O.A DOO DAH DOO DAH
jazzman July 09, 2012 at 01:25 PM
since your the one that does all the shaming,this anit over yet,and randolph PD might need to spend some of that money by opening up a criminal investigation as to why or what would be that a 18yr old would be driven to throw himself under a truck,thats the only thing that needs to be done now ,unless of course they`re as lazy as every other PD!
Melissa July 09, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I wish more information was being released publicly - and the comments relative to a suicide, well, IF that is true, that is what my initial thought may have been. That area of the roadway is open and if he was walking in the road (accidentally), vehicle could have had time to see him. Unfortunately, the little that has been revealed, does make it appear that way - i hope additional information is released shortly to put any gossip to rest.... remember people, until such time as an official report is released, both Brian and the driver are victims. I send my condolences to Brian's family and hope that his death (whatever the cause) was not in vain!! We live in a world where mental illness is everywhere!! Many people cannot get mental help even if they want it due to finances and the ability to be able to afford it! Mental illness needs to be taken more seriously by everyone and help should be afforded to those who need it - you cant compare mental illness to any other!! PS to the individual advising that the Randolph PD has violated confidentiality.... not all investigations are confidential and any and all investigations are considered public record - granted the information many not be released to the public immediately, it IS still considered public record so don't be so hard on Randolph PD! It would be nice for information to be released a little quicker, then you don't need to worry about information being released by others prematurely!
annonymous July 09, 2012 at 05:17 PM
My bother in law works for R&F and they are really good careful drivers , the kid committed suicide, he 1st jumped in front of a car which missed , then he jumped in front of the truck which was right behind the car he jumped in front of. RIP sad story
Disgusted July 11, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Bunch of gossipy heartless people. You don't kow anything so don't speculate. Have some compassion and consideration , and mostly important wait for the official version.
Anon522 July 11, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Honestly Brian was such an amazing kid, he was so smart and actually wanted to do something good with his life. He was going to be leaving to go to the military on July 3rd. Both the driver and Brian were a victim in this. To sit here and go back and forth whether it was suicide or wreck less driving is pointless. They were both the victim. This is a really sad situation. Prayers go out to both sides
Micaela A Lagona July 11, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Brian told me that he had a job and was suppose to leave for the marines July 23, and how he said he finally got his life on point .. This is just upsetting . We were really close friends when he went to school with me. :/
Break the silence July 12, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Release the truth - Mental Illness is disgustingly stigmatized in our society, Research has shown that the use of metaphor is linked with high intelligence. As one writer noted: "He [Brian] was going to the military on July 3rd" - the day before our country's greatest celebration of Freedom, "Independence Day." FACT: THE MILITARY WAS NEVER AN OPTION FOR BRIAN BECAUSE MENTAL ILLNESS IS CONSIDERED DISQUALIFYING. How cruel... The "free" laws of the country Brian loved so much, may very well have killed him. As a community, help save lives - speak out against the stigma of mental health.
Micaela A Lagona July 12, 2012 at 04:51 PM
@break the silence , brian wasnt leaving "july 3". BRIAN himself told me he was leaving for the marines july 23rd. It was always an option for him -.-
Julie July 20, 2012 at 07:01 PM
The DRIVER IS the victim in the case of a suicide by truck, which this was.
Julie July 20, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Prayers go out to Brian and his family...and also to the driver of the truck and their family as well.


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