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Prosecutor: Drunk Driver Kills East Hanover Man

Parsippany woman charged with vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated.

A 32-year-old Parsippany woman was charged Sunday with vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated after she struck and killed an East Hanover man and crashed into parked cars Saturday afternoon, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

Vanessa E. Brown was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain her lane, driving with unsafe tires and driving an unregistered vehicle.

UPDATE: The charges were upgraded Monday to include first-degree aggravated manslaughter.

According to a statement released Sunday by Capt. Jeffrey Paul, a spokesman for Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi, Brown's 2008 black four-door Toyota Camry struck and killed Ralph Politi Jr. near 30 Ridgedale Ave. in East Hanover Saturday at about 1:50 p.m.

Politi, 49, was standing by the driver's-side door of his pickup truck, which was parked in a space parallel to the roadway, when he was struck, the prosecutor's office said.

Brown's vehicle left the roadway, struck Politi and continued another approximately 60 feet and crashed into several parked cars in a nearby lot, the prosecutor's office said.

There were no other occupants in Brown's vehicle, the prosecutor's office said.

Brown is being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail with no 10 percent option.

A joint investigation was conducted by the East Hanover Township Police Department, Morris County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit, Morris County Prosecutor's Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Morris County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Section and the Morris County Medical Examiner's Office.

The investigation remains ongoing. If anyone has information regarding the incident, contact the East Hanover Police Department at 973-887-0432, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office at 973-285-6200 or the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Stoppers Program at 973-COP-CALL.

Steve May 08, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Jimmy Carter, one of your best friends? Where have you been in her time of need to battle her alcoholism?
Eliza May 10, 2012 at 12:58 AM
IT IS SAD THAT JOHN SMITH wants more attention then a drunk driver who killed an innocent family man. While reading this i realized he makes these comments to take the light off drunk brown and mr politi, he has more problems then she does. This is not about you Smith, its about the loss the life..I wouldnt reply or comment to one more word this so called person has to say. A man lost his life, daughters lost their dad and a wife lost her husband. And a drunk driver ruined many peoples lives with another bad choice..Speak of the sad loss of a good man, but if it were any of you i wouldnt give this person the time of day.
JimmyCarterIsSmarter May 22, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I could actually care less about the drinking ordinance in my town. Close the bars at 11 for all I care, i'm never out as it is. I care about the ordinance because it is going to hurt our town financially. It also is going to hurt friends of mine who earn a living from the tourists. So YOU are wrong, as I barely drink.. Idiot!
JimmyCarterIsSmarter May 22, 2012 at 05:37 PM
She moved out of town, I can't be everywhere for everyone. People make mistakes. Are you perfect steve???
NJ Resident11 May 30, 2012 at 12:10 AM
god bless the byrne and politi family.

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