Essex County Prosecutor Paula T. Dow announced on Tuesday that an East Orange woman has been convicted of killing her ex-boyfriend by running him over with her Lexus outside a bar in Orange in 2007. Natasha White, 32, was found guilty of using her vehicle as a weapon for striking and killing Zachary Sanders, a 33-year-old resident of Orange.
Essex County Superior Court Judge Garry Furnari revoked White's bail and scheduled sentencing for March 24. White faces between 30 years to life in prison for the crime.
According to Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Portia Downing, who along with Chief Assistant Prosecutor Keith Harvest tried the case, at approximately 11 p.m. on April 9, 2007, outside of Rubican Pub in Orange, White confronted her ex-boyfriend standing outside the Orange bar with his friend. White then aimed her vehicle directly at Sanders and hit the accelerator striking him and dragging his body several feet down the street.
Sanders, who suffered a crushed chest, was pronounced dead minutes later at the scene. Nine days earlier, at the same location, White used her vehicle to ram into Sanders' parked Infiniti.
"This was a case of a jealous ex-girlfriend who became violent and used her vehicle as a lethal weapon after her relationship with her boyfriend had ended," said Prosecutor Dow. "Natasha White will now face decades behind bars for such a senseless killing."
The jury convicted White of 10 counts, including murder, vehicular homicide, aggravated assault, criminal mischief, possession of a weapon (vehicle) for an unlawful purpose, operating a vehicle while revoked, simple assault, and other charges, added Chief Assistant Prosecutor Harvest. The trial lasted for five weeks and the jury deliberated for two days.
Prosecutor Dow commended Orange Police Officers Hector Rosado and Franchot Taylor, along with Essex County Prosecutor Detectives Arnold Anderson and Michael Critelli with the investigation.