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Vehicular Homicide Charges in Fatal Head-On Crash

Alcohol detected on Warren woman's breath following Bernards Township accident that killed Bridgewater man and injured his daughter, prosecutor says.

A Warren woman has been charged with vehicular homicide in a motor vehicle crash that killed a Bridgewater man in Bernards Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano.

Lori Weiss, 44, was charged Thursday with second-degree vehicular homicide and third-degree assault by auto in the incident that occurred on Martinsville Road in Bernards Township Wednesday.

Soriano said officers responding to the scene detected alcohol on Weiss' breath, and she was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

According to Soriano, the crash occurred at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday when Weiss's 2011 Mercedes Benz SUV crossed over the center line on Martinsville Road in Bernards Township and struck a 2008 Honda Accord head-on.

Soriano said Weiss failed to maintain her line while driving.

The Honda was driven by Peter Calvelli, 49, of Hodge Drive in Bridgewater. Calvelli was pronounced dead at the scene, Soriano said.

Calvelli's 25-year-old daughter was a passenger in the vehicle, and she was taken to Morristown Medical Center with serious injuries, Soriano said. Her condition was not immediately known Thursday afternoon.

The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office C.A.R. Team and the Bernards Township Traffic Safety Unit responded to the scene to investigate.

Soriano said the crash is still under investigation.

Anyone with information on the accident should call Bernards Township Police at 908-766-1122, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office C.A.R. Team at 908-231-7100 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers' Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS.

All calls will be confidential.

jane January 26, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Just about all of us have done this: Gone to dinner with friends, had a glass of wine, maybe two. Then drove home, without thinking much about it. I think we should all think about it. I think we should think about Mr. Calvelli. His daugher Rachel. His family and friends that have to live the rest of their lives without, their husband, father, uncle, relative or friend. Think about handing over the keys, calling a cab, or ordering a glass of water instead. I know I will.
ElvisFrog June 13, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Reminder pleading guilty means lock the cage door !
ElvisFrog June 13, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Guilty she was !
ElvisFrog June 13, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Well ? She pled guilty !
ElvisFrog June 13, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Well she pleaded Guilty to drinking being drunk killing and injuring. Hope she enjoys the prison food & toilet wine !

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