BRICK — The Eatontown woman involved in a crash that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old Brick resident on May 9 was driving while under the influence of fentanyl, marijuana and Benadryl, authorities announced Monday.

According to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, 30-year-old Ashley Watkins was arrested at her home without incident on June 4. She's been charged with vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated, among other offenses.

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Through investigation of the Mother's Day crash, officers determined that just before 9:45 a.m., the 2011 Toyota Camry operated by Watkins crossed the center line of Lanes Mills Road and collided head-on with a 2014 Dodge Caravan operated by 78-year-old Brick resident Terry Penrod, who suffered a broken leg.

His wife Nancy, 78, a passenger in the vehicle, was transferred to a local hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

Watkins sustained minor injuries and consented to a draw of her blood while at the hospital. Toxicology results returned on June 2 revealed the prevalence of fentanyl (a synthetic opioid), diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and marijuana. Officials say the results rendered her "unfit to safely operate a motor vehicle at the time of the crash."

Watkins was processed at Brick Township Police Headquarters and transported to the Ocean County Jail to await a detention hearing.

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