Additional Charge Filed Against Woman in Connection with Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in Rockaway Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Martin McParland, Jr. of the Rockaway Township Police Department announce the filing of an additional charge related to a motor vehicle crash that occurred during the early morning hours of February 2, 2019.

It is alleged that Samantha Viscardi, 22 years old of Rockaway, NJ, was the driver of a motor vehicle involved in a single vehicle crash that occurred in the area of 435 Green Pond Road in Rockaway. The subsequent investigation revealed that in addition to Viscardi, there was one other passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The passenger, who sustained serious bodily injury in the crash, subsequently died as a result of those injuries. The passenger’s name and identity will not be released at this time.

Viscardi was initially charged with one count of Assault by Auto, a crime of the third degree. Upon the passenger’s death, Viscardi was charged with one count of Reckless Vehicular Homicide, a crime of the second degree.

Members of the Rockaway Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit contributed to this investigation.

The complaints against Viscardi are merely accusations. Despite these accusations, this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact the Rockaway Township Police Department at (973) 625-4000 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (973) 285-6200.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Speaks at Christ Church Online Safety and Awareness Seminar

On February 9, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre provided an educational presentation for members of Christ Church of Rockaway. Detective Supervisor LaGuerre’s program was part of Christ Church’s Online Safety and Awareness Seminar. This seminar was held to educate the young adults and parents of the parish on proper online etiquette and the dangers that can result from improper internet usage.

Detective Supervisor LaGuerre provided two separate presentations, one for the parents and one for the teenagers in attendance. He focused on safe internet usage, including the consequences that can stem from committing cybercrimes. The split sessions fostered a comfortable environment in which members of the audience were able to ask questions. Following the small sessions, Detective Supervisor LaGuerre participated in a panel discussion to cover any further questions the audience may have had concerning his presentations. Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Spence Osaigbovo also participated in the program as a member of Christ Church.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp stated, “Providing residents of Morris County with educational information and programs is a top priority of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. I would like to thank Christ Church for hosting this seminar, and for inviting Detective Supervisor LaGuerre to share his expertise on internet safety with young adults and parents”.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Speaks at Christ Church Online Safety and Awareness Seminar
From left: MCPO Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre, Mark Bowen of Christ Church, Jon Curtis of Christ Church, and MCPO Detective Spence Osaigbovo.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

N.J. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal Speaks at Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Event on Immigrant Trust Directive and Bias

On February 5, 2019 New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal spoke to approximately 125 attendees and community leaders of Morris County and Sussex County concerning his recently issued Immigrant Trust Directive. Attorney General Grewal explained the directive, then fielded questions from those in the audience. This two hour community outreach event was held at the Presbyterian Church of Morristown Parish House as part of Attorney General Grewal’s 21-21 Community Policing Project, in which all 21 County Prosecutor’s Offices conduct educational programs for the communities in which they serve.

The event was hosted by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General in partnership with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch provided welcoming remarks to those in attendance before AG Grewal’s presentation.

Deputy Attorney General Joseph Walsh provided the audience with an in-depth analysis of the functions and execution of the Immigrant Trust Directive following the opening remarks and Attorney General Grewal’s question and answer period. His presentation explained how the Immigrant Trust Directive will function in New Jersey upon its effective date of March 15, 2019. Walsh took questions following his presentation.

The audience was eager to clarify some of the aspects of the Directive, and many questions were answered by DAG Walsh.

Also in attendance was Rachel Apter, Director of the Division on Civil Rights. Director Apter provided remarks on the second portion of the program, Bias Crimes and Incidents.

The second half of the program consisted of a panel discussion moderated by Prosecutor Knapp focused on Bias Crimes and Incidents. The panel was comprised of NJ OAG Training & Outreach Liaison David Leonardis, Middlesex County Department of Corrections Chief Investigator David D’Amico, FBI Special Agent Vernon Addison, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Samantha DeNegri, and Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Assistant Prosecutor Donald Cox. The discussion covered the differences between bias crimes and incidents, law enforcement’s procedures in investigating bias crimes and incidents, and the legal aspects in charging those types of crimes. The combination of state and federal employees on the panel provided the audience with the opportunity to obtain as much information as possible.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “I would like to thank Attorney General Grewal, Prosecutor Koch and all of our partners in this event for ensuring its success. We were thrilled to see so many community members in attendance. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to host outreach programs with the goals of further educating the community on law enforcement and to help the public better understand the duties and obligations of police and prosecutors”.

Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch stated: “It was a pleasure and honor to co-host this important public forum with the Attorney General’s Office and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Public outreach events such as this are critical to educate the public and to foster trust, and establish better and more cooperative relationships between all community members and law enforcement. This event was a success in all regards and I look forward to continuing with community outreach programs.”

N.J. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal Speaks at Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Event on Immigrant Trust Directive and Bias
From left: Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, and Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

 

N.J. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal Speaks at Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Event on Immigrant Trust Directive and Bias
From front left: NJ OAG Training & Outreach Liaison David Leonardis, MCPO SAP Samantha DeNegri, MCPO Det/Sup Patrick LaGuerre, FBI Special Agent Vernon Addison, Middlesex County DOC Chief Investigator David D’Amico, SCPO AP Donald Cox, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, and Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.