- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman has been acquitted of recklessly causing the death of a popular community activist in a 2012 crash.

A Morris County jury found 35-year-old Vanessa Brown not guilty of aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide on Thursday.

Prosecutors say the Parsippany woman was driving in East Hanover when she veered out of her lane and struck Ralph Politi Jr. as he stood outside his pickup truck. Authorities say her blood alcohol level was 0.13 percent after the crash. That’s more than the legal limit of 0.08 percent but doesn’t automatically equate to recklessness in a fatal crash.

The Daily Record reports that there are still several motor vehicle summonses pending against Brown in the case, including DWI and failure to maintain a lane.


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