- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman who was acquitted last week of recklessly causing the death of a community activist in a 2012 crash has been convicted of DWI in the incident.

Judge Salem Vincent Ahto also found 35-year-old Vanessa Brown guilty of reckless driving and related offenses on Monday in the crash that killed Ralph Politi Jr. as he stood outside his pickup truck in East Hanover.

A jury found the Parsippany woman not guilty of aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the crash last week.

Prosecutors say Brown’s 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.

Brown will be sentenced on April 4 on the DWI charge.


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