Middletown Hit and Run Driver Indicted

Toni Marletta photo via facebook

Toni Marletta
photo via facebook

Toni Ann Marletta, the Leonardo woman accused of the hit and run accident that resulted in the death of 15 year old Marissa Procopio last July 8, was indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury on Monday, May 16, according to a copy of the indictment released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Marletta stands charged of one count of Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident which resulted in a death, a Second Degree Crime, two counts of Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  The Third Degree Endangering Charges are related to the children who were passengers in the car driven by Marletta when it struck and killed Procopio.  The Second Degree Endangering Charge is related to the deceased teenager, Procopio.

Marletta was arrested on July 15 last year, one week after Procopio has struck and killed on Route 36 in the Leonardo section of

Marissa Procopio photo via facebook

Marissa Procopio photo via facebook

Middletown Township.   She was charged at the time 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 was incarcerated in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $150,000 bail with no 10% option, as set by Judge Honora O’Brien-Kilgallen.  Marletta was released from MCCI on August 4 after Judge Francis Vernoia allowed her to post 10% of her 150,000 bail. She remains free on bail pending trial.

Procopio was crossing the Route 36 at the intersection of Ave D at approximately 8:25 pm 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 p.m. on July 9.

A review of videotape of the accident provided by local business owner Michael D’Alessio resulted in the Middletown Police announcing that the vehicle which struck Marissa was driven by Marletta.

If convicted of the Second Degree Crimes, Marletta faces 5-10 years in state prison for each of the two charges. The two Third Degree Crimes each carry a sentence of 3-5 years in prison.



Posted: May 23rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Middletown Hit and Run Driver Indicted”

  1. Danielle procopio said at 5:49 pm on May 23rd, 2016:

    These charges are to run concurrent and not consecutively. Her toxicology report came back and when they called her she tested positive for cocaine and alcohol. Yet she is still not charged with homicide or manslaughter because she claims it was after the fact. That is not justice. That is obviously the reason why he fled the scene in the first place. There is a petition on the in memory of Marissa procopio Facebook page. Please sign it. Thank you

  2. Danielle procopio said at 6:48 pm on May 23rd, 2016:


  3. Brian Largey said at 2:22 pm on May 24th, 2016:

    My prayers to the Procopio family, and to the Marletta family- two families destroyed by (possible) drug and alcohol user.

    As a retired trooper, once the criminal leaves the scene- it’s very hard to convict of the alcohol/drugs, unless you can get all the details and witnesses to the night of drug/alcohol use. Without all the facts we can only guess. My dealings with the Prosecutors office is they can be very tough, and a high profile case like this – I doubt they went soft,
    Again my prayers to the Procopio family

  4. chris parlor said at 7:41 pm on May 24th, 2016:

    she wasnt drunk i live in her neighborhood and i saw her before she left to go to foodtown before she hit procopio know your facts before you say shit. she has a you g daughter too trust me she knows what she did but dont act like you are so much better. she mad a mistake and is going to pay for the consequences but she had no INTENT to kill the you g girl therefore they cant convict her of manslaughter. idiots

  5. tim ringo said at 11:55 pm on May 25th, 2016:

    People shouldn’t comment on what they don’t know or understand or wanna understand ,they couldn’t charge her with homicide because there’s no intent to kill and just there was drugs in her system when she was arrested doesn’t mean she was intoxicated that night

  6. Toni said at 9:15 am on May 26th, 2016:

    Chris — you can’t be serious…

    HER toxicology report came back and when they called her she tested positive for cocaine and alcohol.

    She made a mistake??? She hit someone so hard she killed her, and left her for dead…had children in the car, didn’t call 911 and went to hide out for DAYS…not caring about what she did.

    How would you like it if this was your child? Would you be okay letting someone walk around free and doing whatever they want but had to bury your own child,…..because someone “made a mistake”….this was not a mistake….this woman should be in jail for the rest of her life…shame on her and you.

  7. Corinne said at 12:22 am on May 29th, 2016:

    Toni – the woman that hit Marissa a young an innocent child of 15 years old, accident maybe, but she is at fault for not stopping to see if she could help Marissa and ca 911, time is critical , how do you know f SHE did stop that Marissa’s life wouldn’t have been taken? she had no insurance , bad tires, fled the seen and was let go because of TIES. Her husband is/was a cop so they let her go? Sorry but if that was plain ol’ you or I with no ties, we’d be in jail with no bail and not roaming the streets. Her own Young daughter was in the car with her when they hit Marissa. Do they get to state the truth on the stand or lie? because they are covered by corrupt law? What would u do if our child was hit and killed, just say oh just a MISTAKE all is well? Whomever TONI Marletta is tied to needs to be on the stand, Just because you know “the right people” Its just fine to do what she did? I don’t think so.The law is the law NO MATTER WHO YOU KNOW! #JUSTICEFORMARISSA