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No Homicide Charges in Crash That Killed Unborn Baby

Morris County Prosecutor's Office concludes investigation of Feb. 13 car crash on Rt. 206 in Chester.

The investigation into a crash that killed an unborn baby, injuring its mother and another driver, has concluded and no additional charges will be brought, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

Jason Mooney, 39, of Flanders, struck Eslinde Vertil of Hackettstown head-on after crossing the double yellow line in a commercial van on Route 206 in Chester Township on Feb. 12, according to authorities. Mooney had to be extricated from his vehicle and airlifted to Morristown Medical Center. Vertil, who was driving a Lincoln Navigator, was transported to the same hospital by ambulance.

Vertil was pregnant at the time, and her child was born prematurely as a result of the crash, Acting Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said.

The infant was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"The conduct of Jason Mooney ... did not rise to a level of criminal culpability necessary for any homicide prosecution," Knapp said.

Charges of speeding and failure to keep right were lodged against Mooney in March and those will stand, Knapp said.

MaryLynn Schiavi May 30, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Essential question: why do vehicles keep crossing the line on 206 in Chester resulting in horrific accidents and death?
Chuck Ruff May 30, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Because 206, as many roads in western Morris County, was built as a country road and was not designed to handle the volume and speed of traffic that we see on it today (the same can be said for Rte 46 through Budd Lake).
Revolution May 30, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I believe this road at times is one lane each way
Sue Underwood May 31, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Because careless drivers continue to (pick one or more): drive over the speed limit, engage in distracted behavior such as using cell phones, tuning stereo, eating etc, have poor eye/hand co-ordination making them incapable keeping to the right of any curved road without crossing the yellow lines... The reasons go on and on! I have had multiple near hits this week in Washington Twp., with drivers who were unable to stay in their oncoming lane and every time crossed into mine forcing me to swerve further to the right of my lane!! I am seriously considering in the dead of night stenciling white curved arrows on curves of area roads, like they have in Europe, reminding drivers to "Keep to the Right!". I wish the Police would focus on ticketing these careless and dangerous drivers!!

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