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Brooklyn Tow Truck Operator Admits to His Role in Keansburg Woman’s Death

A Brooklyn tow truck operator strikes a plea deal in the death of a Keansburg woman who’s body was found on the side of Route 18 in 2011. Dexter Jeanty pleaded guilty at the Monmouth County Court in Freehold Monday to a second degree charge of Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death.

26-year-old Mary Macaluso died of blunt force trauma she sustained after jumping from the moving tow truck in Ocean Township, according to the Monmouth County Medical Examiner’s Office. Her body was discovered in the northbound lanes of Route 18 by an off duty Monmouth Beach Police officer shortly before 7 a.m. on October 9th, 2011.

Further investigation determined that Jeanty picked Macaluso and her date up from a Sayreville nightclub after her date’s vehicle broke down. Jeanty brought Macaluso’s date to his Wall Township residence first and was allegedly headed back to Keansburg to bring Macaluso home when the incident occurred.

According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Jeanty confessed to slowing the tow truck down but did not stop when Macaluso jumped out. He also admitted to leaving the scene and not calling for help.

As a result of his guilty plea, the Prosecutor’s Office will recommend a five year prison sentence when Jeanty is sentenced on June 20th. He’s currently free on $150,000 bail.



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