in the tragedy
A 23-year-old woman hit by a car in the Big Island's Vacationland area on Dec. 24, 1991. She was beaten, raped and thrown on the side of the road on a remote fishing trail five miles from where she was hit. Although she was found a few minutes later, a lack of phones and delays by emergency workers slowed her rescue. She died on the operating table at Hilo Hospital just as Christmas Day was beginning.
Virginia residents who were visiting daughters Dana and Sandra on the Big Island when the attack occurred. For the past seven years, John Ireland, a retired Army officer, has campaigned for victims' rights and advocated changing violent crimes laws. The Irelands sued Hawaii County over the rescue delays, reaching an out-of-court settlement for $452,000 in 1996.
John and Louise Ireland:
Charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in the Ireland attack, he has had five different trial dates. Pauline confessed from a prison cell in 1994 that he participated in the attack. He said he was with two brothers, Albert Ian and Shawn Schweitzer, when they hit Ireland with a Volkswagen, put her in the trunk, later raped her and dumped her on the side of the road. He has changed his story several times and recanted his confession. He was indicted in 1997. Trial is set for July 19.
Frank Pauline Jr.:
They were indicted in 1997 for the attack on Ireland, but charges were dropped a year later. On May 19 of this year, the Schweitzers were indicted again on charges of second-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault. Trial is set for Nov. 15.
Albert Ian, left, and Shawn Schweitzer:
Discovered the crash scene in Vacationland, where Dana Ireland had been hit by a car and abducted. Placed first call to police.
Waawaa resident who found Dana Ireland, put a quilt over her and prayed with her while waiting for a motorist to drive by. With no phones in the area, Smith had no way to call for help when she found the seriously injured woman.
Known at the time as Hazel Allan, she was flagged down by Ida Smith and called police to report that a woman had been attacked and was in bad condition. Franklin spent several minutes trying to explain the location to a dispatcher. Officials blamed Franklin for the rescue delay because she called police rather than firefighters, who operate the ambulance service.
Dana was staying in Vacationland with her older sister, Sandra, and Sandra's boyfriend, Jim Ingham. Dana deeply admired Sandra, and through her grew to love the ocean and the outdoor island lifestyle.
Sandra Ireland and Jim Ingham:
Dana's boyfriend at the time of the attack. She was bicycling home from his house after inviting him to dinner when she was struck and attacked.
Courtesy of John and Louise Ireland
3-year-old Dana on the patio of the
Irelands' home in Springfield, Va.
Blurred through the years is the real Dana. She lives on, though -- beautiful, shy, kind -- in the memories of those who knew her. The innocent. The indicted. Anatomy of a murder. The what and where of the attack. Who's who in the Dana Ireland tragedy.
Help came too late for Dana Ireland. From the moment she was hit by her attackers' car until the time an ambulance reached her, more than two hours passed. Here's how minutes -- and a life -- were lost.
Life has gone on since the Dec. 24, 1991, attack. Memories have faded. Witnesses have scattered. But each twist and turn in the seven-year bid to bring to justice those responsible means fresh injury, not only to Dana's family but to witnesses whose lives have been put on hold by this on-again, off-again case.
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