Belleville resident Anthony Casale Jr. charged in crash that killed Verona mother Megan Villanella

Anthony Casale, Jr. is accused of killing Verona

Anthony Casale, Jr. is accused of killing Verona mother Megan Villanella when he allegedly ran into the mother and her brother with his car. (Credit: Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

VERONA - A Belleville resident was charged for allegedly fatally striking a young Verona mother with his car last week.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office charged Anthony Casale, Jr., 25, with first-degree death by auto. He allegedly ran into Megan Villanella, 34, and her brother, Derek Longo, who were waiting at a bus stop at Lakeside and Pease avenues in Verona on March 3.

Villanella was pregnant, with a toddler at home. Longo was critically injured and remains in the hospital in stable condition.

Casale is also charged with assault by auto and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Officials allege that Casale was driving under the influence when he struck the siblings.

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