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Posted Friday, July 26th, 2019

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief Robert McNally, and  Rockaway Township Police Chief Martin McParland, Jr. announce the sentencing of Samantha Viscardi, 22, of Rockaway Township,  in connection with a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in the early morning hours of February 2, 2019.Morris County Prosecutor's Office seal

Viscardi was sentenced today (July 26) by Superior Court Judge Stephen J. Taylor five years in New Jersey State Prison. This sentence is subject to the parole ineligibility provisions of the No Early Release Act.

On June 3, 2019, Viscardi entered a guilty plea to one count of second degree Reckless Vehicular Homicide before Judge Taylor. She also entered a guilty plea to the motor vehicle offense of Driving While Intoxicated.

The charges arise from a motor vehicle crash that occurred in the area of 435 Green Pond Road in Rockaway Township on Feb. 2. The investigation revealed that Viscardi was operating a vehicle with a single passenger in the front seat. The passenger sustained a traumatic brain injury and died on Feb. 9 as a result of her injuries. Further investigation revealed that Viscardi was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Prosecutor Knapp acknowledges members of the Rockaway Township Police Department,  Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation, and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit who contributed to the successful prosecution of this matter.

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