Vehicular homicide charge filed in E. Hanover man's death

HANOVER TOWNSHIP - A northern New Jersey woman who allegedly was driving under the influence when she hit and killed a pedestrian this weekend has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Police say Vanessa E. Brown, 32, of Parsippany also faces numerous motor vehicle charges.

Morris County prosecutors say Brown was driving in Hanover Township when she lost control of her car around 1:45 p.m. Saturday and struck 49-year-old Ralph Politi Jr. of East Hanover. Politi was standing by the driver's side door of his pickup truck, which was parked in a parking space parallel to the road.

After hitting Politi, Brown's car traveled another 60 feet through a parking lot before hitting some parked cars.

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