A Parsippany NJ woman was allegedly drunk when she caused a fatal car accident that resulted in the death of an East Hanover man.
The fatal DWI accident occurred on Ridgedale Avenue in East Hanover, NJ. According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the 35-year-old suspect was driving a Toyota Camry shortly after consuming several alcoholic beverages.
The suspect reportedly neglected to hit the brakes on her vehicle when she left the roadway, hopped a roadside curb, and crashed into the victim.
The victim, a 49-year-old family man who lived in East Hanover, was standing outside his pickup truck at the time of the auto accident.
During the trial in Morris County Superior Court, located in Morristown, prosecutors argued that the victim was standing next to his truck, which was in a parking lot next to Ridgedale Avenue, at the time of the fatal motor vehicle accident. Defense attorneys countered that the victim was actually standing on the shoulder of the road when the fatal accident occurred.
The suspect’s defense attorneys have also argued that their client was railroaded by an East Hanover NJ police sergeant who is friends with the victim’s family members.
Prosecutors in the case have said that the suspect was well over the legal limit when the accident occurred and that she acted recklessly in getting behind the wheel of her vehicle while intoxicated. According to authorities, the suspect took a breath test that showed she had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .133, well above the legal limit of .08 percent in NJ.
In addition to being charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), the suspect also faces serious criminal charges for aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide.
If the suspect is convicted of aggravated manslaughter, she could potentially be sentenced to a term of incarceration of 10-30 years in NJ State Prison.
For further information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article, “Vanessa Brown Trial: Defense Claims East Hanover Fatal Was Not a Crime.”