Thursday, June 30th, 2016

MORRIS COUNTY PROSECUTOR AND ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP POLICE MAKE JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Rockaway Township Police Chief Martin McParland, Jr. today confirmed charges have been filed against Debra Boucher, 62, related to a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Sunday in Rockaway Township.

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RockawayOn Sunday, June 26, at approximately 9:41 p.m., a serious motor vehicle collision involving a single vehicle occurred in the area of 21 Upper Hibernia Road, Rockaway Township.

The vehicle involved was a 2001 red Chevrolet, which was driven by Debra A. Boucher,  who resides in Rockaway Township.

The disabled vehicle was located on Upper Hibernia Road in Rockaway Township.

In addition to Debra Boucher, there was one additional occupant of the vehicle, who was identified as James Boucher, 40, the son of Debra Boucher.  Both occupants sustained serious bodily injuries at a result of this incident.

James Boucher was transported via helicopter to Morristown Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.  Debra Boucher was also transported to Morristown Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

On Wednesday, June 29, James Boucher was subsequently pronounced deceased.

At this time, Debra Boucher has been charged with assault by auto, a crime of the third degree, as well as endangering an incompetent person, which is a disorderly persons offense.  Boucher also was charged with various motor vehicle summonses, including operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, failure to maintain lanes, failure to wear safety equipment, careless driving and reckless driving.

This matter continues to be investigated by the Rockaway Township Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.  At this time, there are no additional charges, which is subject to change as the investigation continues.

The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the Defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Rockaway Township Police Department at (973) 625-4000 and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (973) 285-6200.

Any inquiries regarding this press release may be directed to Acting Public Information Officer Charles Brady at (973) 285-6207 or [email protected]