- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey driver who struck and killed a teenage girl crossing the street last year and later fled the scene has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Toni Marletta pleaded guilty in September to knowingly leaving the scene of a fatal accident and child endangerment.

The 50-year-old Middletown resident was driving with three 16-year-old girls in her car on July 7, 2015 when she struck 15-year-old Marissa Procopio of Atlantic Highlands as Procopio was crossing Route 36 in Middletown.

Marletta drove away, but investigators found her vehicle a few hours later with damage consistent with the accident.

Marletta’s attorney said his client panicked because her car insurance had lapsed.

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