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Somerville Courtroom: Woman Twice Convicted of Death by Auto Faces Sentencing

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Amie Marroccelli, 44, twice convicted of 2nd Degree Vehicular Homicide in the death of a motorist on Route 78 in 2010, will be sentenced Friday, Dec. 15 before Judge Robert Reed at 9 a.m. in the Somerset County Courthouse.

The Union Township woman was found guilty of the crime a second time in October; she was previously tried and convicted on March 17, 2014, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. 

Following her 2014 conviction, Reed sentenced Marroccelli to seven years in New Jersey State Prison with 85 percent of that sentence to be served without parole; Reed granted her bail pending an appeal. 

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The Appellate Division subsequently reversed the 2014 conviction and remanded the case for a new trial, citing Reed’s failure to permit her an opportunity to introduce a note at trial, purportedly written by her husband, which claimed that he, not the defendant was driving the car at the time of the crash.      

The crash occurred on Oct. 10, 2010, at 7:56 p.m. on Route 78 in Warren Township.

The subsequent investigation determined that Marroccelli was driving eastbound in the left lane on the interstate; Steven Wall,  22, of Annandale, was also traveling eastbound in the center lane.  Marroccelli struck Steven Wall’s vehicle in the center lane when she abruptly changed lanes from the left to the center, according to the account provided by Robertson.

As a result of the impact, Wall’s vehicle was forced off the highway to the right, where it collided with trees; he died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

A laboratory analysis revealed that Marrocceli’s blood alcohol content was .087 percent, approximately three hours after the collision sufficient to charge her with the offense of Driving While Intoxicated, accordng to Robertson.  An expert for the State testified that at the time of the crash the presence of ethyl alcohol in Marroccelli’s blood would have been .14 percent.

At the time of her re-trial in 2017, Marroccelli introduced a note wherein her husband purportedly claimed responsibility for driving. 

Following the guilty verdict two months ago, Reed revoked Marroccelli’s bail and remanded her to the Somerset County Jail pending sentencing.

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