LONG BRANCH, N.J. — A New Jersey police officer has admitted he was driving drunk while off-duty when he struck and killed a woman last year.
Long Branch Detective Jake Pascucci pleaded guilty Tuesday to strict liability vehicular homicide. He faces a possible 364-day jail term when he’s sentenced June 28 and also will resign from his job.
Pascucci struck and killed 66-year-old Stanhope resident Karen Borkowski on Sept. 22 as she was attempting to cross a street in Long Branch. She was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
Pascucci had told officers at the scene he had a green light and that Borkowski was jaywalking, according to dashboard camera video from police.