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Driver Drunk in Fatal Crash, Had Open Container, Prosecutor Says

Tests ordered to determine alcohol level in Warren woman's blood at time of accident.

A Warren woman accused of vehicular homicide in a crash that killed a Bridgewater man Wednesday night has now been charged with DWI and having an open container of alcohol in her vehicle at the time of the accident, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said.

Bernards Township Police on Friday charged Warren Lori Weiss, 44, with DWI, reckless driving, driving with an open container of alcohol and faiing to keep right, after further investigation of the Wednesday evening accident that claimed the life Peter Calvelli.

Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano announced Thursday vehicular homicide charges had been filed against Weiss. She surrendered herself to authorities on Friday, represented by attorney John McDonald, and was freed after posting $50,000 bail set by state Superior Court Judge Paul W. Armstrong, sitting in Somerville.

Weiss was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, where blood samples were drawn Wednesday night for toxicology testing after police reported smelling alcohol on her breath following the accident, according to Capt. Jack Bennett, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office. Typically, results from tests aren't available for several weeks.

Calvelli's 25-year-old daughter, Rachel, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was taken to Morristown Medical Center following the accident. Rob Siemen, a representative with the hospital, said Friday she is in fair condition.

With the investigation continuing, 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.

ann williams March 11, 2013 at 06:12 PM
I just heard that the body of the woman that was found in the canal in Lambertville had a high alcohol content. She as found 1/30/13. This crash was 2 weeks earlier. I would think if the BAC from this accident was high, the prosecutor would want that released. And if it was low, the defense would want it released. Either way, where is it?
C Tucker March 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM
I wonder the same thing Ann...it has been two months - I can't help but wonder if someone is being compensated to keep this story quiet. I continue to think of the Calvelli family daily, hoping the daughter is physically healing and their friends and family are continuing the outpouring of support.
dpparman May 01, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Since there has been absolutely nothing new being reported on this case, does anyone know how long it typically takes for the arraignment phase to occur?
Anne Williams June 11, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Check http://baskingridge.patch.com/articles/guilty-plea-entered-by-woman-charged-in-fatal-bernards-twp-crash?ncid=newsltuspatc00000003 PLEADS GUILTY. TWICE THE LEGAL LIMIT. WHAT A WASTE! Lets see if the judge goes with the recommendation of the prosecutor. Her kids will have to make due without her for a while. Mr. Calvelli's kids have to learn that... but forever RIP
Jawce June 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM
wow it took a long time to hear of what happened with this case! I hope Ms Weiss goes to jail without her brewskis and without her Miss Clairol

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