Middletown hit-run suspect pleads guilty, awaits sentencing
The Middletown woman who admitted running down hit an Atlantic Highlands teen with her car, and leaving her dying on Route 36 in July 2015, faces up to seven years in prison at her scheduled December 2 sentencing.
Toni A. Marletta, 50, of Middletown's Leonardo section, pleaded guilty Friday to a second-degree charge of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in a fatality, and a third-degree count of endangering the welfare of a child, according to the office of Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni.
Marissa Procopio, 15, of Atlantic Highlands, lingered until the morning of July 8 at Jersey Shore University Medical
Center in Neptune.
Investigators dispatched to the spot on Route 36 near Avenue D at about 8:24 PM on July 7 determined that the teen was crossing the highway when she was hit by the car.
Marletta, with three 16-year-olds in the auto, left the site, authorites alleged, adding that iInvestigators tracking down the car later that evening found damage consistent with the incident.
Marletta appeared at Middletown police headquarters and was released until charges were filed on July 15.
She was represented by attorney Peter O'Mara of Little Silver. The State's case is handled by Monmouth Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle.