Off-duty officer charged in fatal crash still working
LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that an off-duty New Jersey police officer accused of driving drunk when he struck and killed a woman is still on duty with the city’s traffic safety bureau.
Spokeswoman Andrea Boulton of the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office tells the Asbury Park Press that Detective Jake Pascucci is working “in a support capacity.”
The 28-year-old Long Branch officer was initially charged with careless driving, reckless driving and driving while intoxicated in the Sept. 22 crash that killed 66-year-old Karen Borkowski. At the end of last month, he was charged with strict-liability vehicular homicide.
Dashboard camera video indicates that Pascucci told officers at the scene he had a green light and that Borkowski was jaywalking as she tried to cross the street.