Homicide charge filed in New Jersey man's death

Vanessa Brown is charged with vehicular homicide

May 7, 2012 5:41:01 AM PDT
A northern New Jersey woman who allegedly was driving under the influence when she hit and killed a pedestrian this weekend has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Bail was set Sunday at $100,000 cash for 32-year-old Vanessa E. Brown of Parsippany. She also faces numerous motor vehicle charges.

Morris County prosecutors say Brown was driving in Hanover Township when she lost control of her car around 1:45 p.m. Saturday and struck 49-year-old Ralph Politi Jr. of East Hanover.

Politi was standing by the driver's side door of his pickup truck, which was parked in a parking space parallel to the road.

After hitting Politi, Brown's car traveled another 60 feet through a parking lot before hitting some parked cars.

Authorities did not know Sunday if Brown had retained a lawyer.

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