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.