Hit and Run Driver Arrested

Toni Marletta photo via facebook

Toni Marletta
photo via facebook

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.



Posted: July 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “Hit and Run Driver Arrested”

  1. andrea copp said at 1:41 pm on July 15th, 2015:

    Vehicular manslaughter should be one of the charges…she chose to leave she knew she hit her she drove illegally without insurance and was a sobriety test administered? She killed a child with her car…KILLED….

  2. A said at 2:42 pm on July 15th, 2015:

    She left that child to die, plain and simple… Alcohol was most likely involved, but nobody would know since she left that child. This is Murder, do the right thing & put her away, there’s no excuse

  3. Jennifer said at 2:55 pm on July 15th, 2015:

    I agree with you andrea copp vehicular manslaughter should definitely be one of her charges!!! For gods sake if you hit a stick in the road you feel it. You mean to tell me she hit a girl and “didnt feel anything” and kept on driving???? I just don’t understand, she had to have been extremely intoxicated. But there was no way a sobriety test was administered because she didn’t stop and wait for cops!!! It was well lit enough to see, she knew she hit that poor girl and kept driving. That is just too sad. I work right down the road and went to bank of america yesterday and wanted to cross the highway to go to the gas station. I wanted a pack of smokes and just couldn’t do it. I rather go without smokes than cross that highway. For some reason I felt like I was disrespecting her crossing the highway. Because she can’t even say good morning to her parents, can’t go out in the backyard and play with her friends. She will never graduate high school or just be a kid. It is very sad. I live right down ave d off of bay ave. and I cross that highway every morning on my way to work. I think about that girl every day. I feel so sorry for her parents. God Bless You

  4. Corrine said at 5:06 pm on July 15th, 2015:

    Where are the other people in the car? I would have been yelling stop and calling 911 on my cell!!! Unless of course it’s children which is even worse for all involved…nothing will bring this poor child back but I don’t understand the whole thing.

  5. Joe B. said at 6:51 pm on July 15th, 2015:

    Unfortunately everyone , NJ current sentence for DWI and killing someone is only 7-10 years and out in 3 for good behavior . Dosent surprise me about the possible sentence time . I know because my kid sister was killed by a drunk driver in 2001 in north jersey .. The person who killed my sister was out in 3 years it didn’t feel like real justice considering she was only on this earth for a short time and had a lifetime to go . I think the courts should re reconsidered and push for stricter sentencing , regarding vehicular manslaughter . Also Middletown should change the sign to hit and run witnesses not crash , confused a couple people.. Just saying ,, thoughts and prayers to family .. Hope Toni Ann , who has same the age daughter who was in vehicle at time of tragic accident . God is watching and remember karmas a bitch and the truth will prevail ..

  6. Bikerlife143 said at 7:01 pm on July 15th, 2015:

    She’s a known party girl and upon more investigation , she’s a alleged cocaine dealer in area according to a vocal bunch of locals .. So hmmmm tells me a raid should be going down at Thompson ave home, Hazlet / keyport house if she was still in that area.
    Bikers stop , we don’t run .. Coward

  7. throw the book at her! said at 3:51 pm on July 17th, 2015:

    good riddance

  8. throw the book at her said at 2:05 pm on July 18th, 2015:

    I agree..good riddance!