Middletown Police have charged Toni Ann Marletta, 49 of the Leonardo section of the Township, in the hit and run motor vehicle crash that resulted in the death in Marissa Procopia, 15 of Atlantic Highlands.
Marletta was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, Failing to Report a Motor Vehicle Accident, No Insurance, Unsafe Tires and Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident. She is being held on $150,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Honora O’Brien-Kilgallen of the Monmouth County Superior Court.
Marletta is not listed yet as an inmate on the Monmouth County Sheriff’s website, as of 1 p.m.
Charles Webster, spokesperson for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, told MMM that Marletta was being held in Middletown where she was unable to post bail. Webster said she in custody and being transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.
Cynthia Scott, spokesperson for the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, told MMM that Marletta was booked into the Correctional Institution at about 1:30 p.m.
Marissa Procopio was crossing the highway at the intersection of Ave D at approximately 8:25 pm on July 7 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. She succumbed to her injuries at 3:46 on July 8.
A review of videotape of provided by local business owner Michael D’Alessio resulted in the Middletown Police announcing that the vehicle which struck Marissa was driven by Marletta.
Marletta was taken into custody this morning in Hazlet by the Middletown Police Department with the cooperation of the Hazlet PD, according to Webster.
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision is active and ongoing. If anyone has information regarding the collision or the aftermath of the incident, they are urged to contact Corporal Thomas Russo of the Middletown Police Department at 732-615-2100, or Detective Eric Kerecman of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443
If convicted on Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident, a second degree crime, Marletta faces up to 10 years in State Prison.
Marletta is being represented by Peter O’Mara, Esq, of Little Silver, according to Webster.