Residents race in Robbinsville in honor of NJ woman killed by person posing as Uber driver
New Jersey residents came out to Robbinsville for the What's My Name 5K run and walk on Saturday.
The 5K run and 1 mile walk started a little after 9 a.m. on Lake Drive at Gazebo Park.
The race was held in honor of 21-year-old Robbinsville resident Samantha Josephson, who was murdered in March 2019 by a person posing as an Uber driver. She was leaving a bar at the time as a student at the University of South Carolina.
Sami's Law was passed in New Jersey, and was introduced federally last May but has yet to advance. The law requires rideshare drivers to display two illuminated signs and have a scannable QR code.
Organizers say it was a challenge to pull off the race with hundreds of people in attendance during a pandemic. The original event date was scheduled for May, but was postponed until Saturday.
To help maintain social distancing, there was a staggered start with only three runners allowed at the starting line at a time. Runners were required to wear face masks at the start, but some removed them during the race.
The event benefits the What's My Name Foundation, which was founded in honor of Josephson.
"For me talking about Samantha, this is a grieving thing," says Samantha's father, Seymour Josephson. "I'm not done grieving, my wife's not done grieving, my other daughter Sydney is not done grieving. It's a continuous ongoing thing for us."
Leaders of the organization that helped put on the event say people getting in a rideshare vehicle should always ask their driver, "what's my name?" to verify it's the right car.
New Jersey's First Lady Tammy Murphy also took part in the race.