Long Branch Police Officer Sentenced in DUI Crash That Led to the Death of Stanhope Man

A Long Branch police officer was sentenced today to 364 days in a county jail and 5 years of probation for hitting and killing a pedestrian on September 22, 2017, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Jake Pascucci, 28, of Long Branch was sentenced to 364 days in a county jail as a condition of the 5-years of probation he will serve upon his release. He also got a sentence of 30 days for driving while intoxicated which is to run simultaneously to the county jail time.  Also, Pascucci will relinquish his current public employment with the Long Branch Police Department. He will likewise lose his driving privilege for three months. Pascucci was sentenced today after he pleaded guilty on April 3, 2018, to strict liability third-degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated in the death of Karen Borkowski, 66 of Stanhope.

The sentence was imposed by Superior Court Judge Michael A. Toto in accordance with a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams. The Judge allowed Pascucci to remain free pending the filing of a notice of appeal.

The charges against Pascucci came after an investigation by Detective Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

It was determined by the investigation that the pedestrian was struck and killed by a car driven by the off-duty police officer as she tried to cross Ocean Boulevard. Karen Borkowski was declared dead at the scene following the crash.

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