BRICK – An Eatontown lady has been charged with vehicular murder after toxicology outcomes revealed she had a number of medication in her system throughout a deadly crash in Brick final month, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer mentioned.
Ashley Watkins, 30, consented to have her blood drawn following the Might 9 accident that killed 78-year-old Brick resident Nancy Penrod, the Prosecutor’s Workplace mentioned. Outcomes got here again Wednesday that exposed she had fentanyl, diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and marijuana in her bloodstream, officers mentioned.
She was arrested at her residence Friday and charged with vehicular murder, strict legal responsibility vehicular murder and assault by an auto along with receiving motorized vehicle summonses for driving whereas intoxicated, reckless driving and failure to take care of lane, police mentioned.
The crash occurred about 9:45 a.m. on Might 9, when Watkins’ Toyota Camry veered into the opposing lane on Lanes Mill Street and hit a Dodge Caravan head on, authorities mentioned.
Terry Penrod, 78, who was driving the van, was transported to Jersey Shore College Medical Middle with a damaged leg, officers mentioned. His spouse Nancy – who was sitting within the entrance passenger seat – succumbed to her accidents and was pronounced deceased at Ocean Medical Middle.
Watkins was handled for minor accidents at Ocean Medical Middle, the place she additionally consented to the toxicology examination, authorities mentioned.
She is being held at Ocean County Jail pending a detention listening to.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Workplace Vehicular Murder Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Workplace Sufferer Witness Advocacy Unit, Brick Township Police Division, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Workplace Crime Scene Investigation Unit have been concerned within the investigation and subsequent arrest.
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