- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) - A driver who allegedly struck and killed a teenage girl last summer has pleaded not guilty to charges of knowingly leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Toni Marletta also pleaded not guilty to three counts of child endangerment during a brief court hearing on Monday. The 50-year-old Middletown resident faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

The accident occurred last July on Route 36 in Middletown.

Prosecutors say Marletta was driving with three 16-year-old girls in her car when she hit 15-year-old Marissa Procopio. The Atlantic Highlands teen died the next day at a hospital.

Authorities say Marletta’s vehicle was found a few hours after the accident occurred and had damage consistent with the collision.



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