Marissa Procopio, the 15 year old Atlantic Highlands girl who was struck by a hit and run driver in Middletown on Tuesday, is on life support at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune. Previous published reports said she had died of her injuries on Wednesday afternoon at 3:46.
An official of the Henry Hudson Regional High School District who asked not to be named for this story told MoreMonmouthMusings that Marissa’s family was informed by her doctor that there was no blood flowing to her brain and that there was no hope of recovery. The family has chosen to keep Marissa on a life sustaining ventilator for two days in order that family members can travel to say good-bye, according to the school official. The official said that the high school principal visited Marissa at the hospital on Wednesday at 5:45 pm, two hours after the reported death.
Robert Cavanaugh, spokesperson for Jersey Shore Medical Center, declined to confirm Marissa’s condition, citing HIPAA regulations that the hospital’s policy against commenting on the condition of minors. An telephone operator a Jersey Shore said that Marissa is patient in the Intensive Care Unit.
Inquires Middletown Police Department this morning were referred to Deputy Chief Stephen Dollinger who has yet to respond.
Updated 12:30 p.m.: Deputy Chief Stephen Dollinger of the Middletown Police Department told MoreMonmouthMusings that a doctor at Jersey Shore Medical told a Middletown traffic Lieutenant that Marissa’s time of death was at 3:46 pm on Wednesday.
Marissa was crossing the Route 36 at the intersection of Ave D at approximately 8:25 pm Tuesday when she was stuck by a light grey compact car traveling west. The car fled the scene before police arrived. Marissa was transported via Medivac helicopter to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.
A review of videotape of provided by local business owner Michael D’Alessio resulted in the Middletown Police to announce that the vehicle which struck Marissa was driven by Toni Marletta, 49, of Leonardo.
No charges have been filed against Marletta. The investigation is ongoing. The Middletown Police Departments asks that anyone who witnessed the incident call 732-615-2140.