Woman charged in hit-and-run crash that killed an Atlantic Highlands, NJ teen

 Route 36 at Avenue D in Middletown, NJ. (Image Google Street View)

Route 36 at Avenue D in Middletown, NJ. (Image Google Street View)

Charges have been filed in a hit-and-run accident that left a teenage girl dead.

Monmouth County prosecutors say 49-year-old Toni Marletta, of the the Leonardo section of Middletown Township, was charged Wednesday with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a fatality and several motor vehicle violations. Her bail was set at $150,000 cash, and it wasn’t known if she has retained a lawyer.

The charges stem from a July 7 accident that caused the death of 15-year-old Morrissa Procopio. Authorities say the Atlantic Highlands teen was trying to cross Route 36 near Avenue D when she was struck. She was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune Township, where, despite significant medical intervention, she was pronounced dead on July 8 at approximately 3:46 p.m

Authorities say Marletta’s vehicle was found later that night parked outside her house, and it had damage consistent with the collision.

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Marletta faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the leaving the scene of an accident charge.

Marletta is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $150,000 bail without a 10 percent down option.


The Associated Press contributed to this story

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