- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - The family of an off-duty police officer killed in an alcohol-related crash as he headed home on Thanksgiving from a drunken-driving detail has won a $10.1 million verdict against the driver who hit him.

An Ocean County jury found that 36-year-old Erick Uzcategui was solely responsible for the 2010 death of Ocean Gate Officer Jason Marles. The panel cleared a bar where the Manchester Township man allegedly was drinking the night the crash occurred on a stretch of the Garden State Parkway in Toms River.

Lawyers for Marles’ family tell the Asbury Park Press (on.app.com/1WTSEtX) that the money from the civil lawsuit will be held in trust for his two young children. The verdict was announced Friday, culminating a trial that lasted eight days.

Uzcategui was convicted of vehicular homicide in 2014 and is serving an eight-year state prison sentence.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, https://www.app.com

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