Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty To Death By Auto

Doug Thompson (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  JACKSON – A rear-end collision became a charge for death by auto for a man already accused of driving drunk.

  Douglas Thompson, 56, of Jackson, pled guilty to Death by Auto, police said. He faces a possible term of five years in prison for this crime. He will also be sentenced for Driving While Intoxicated.

  Thompson’s Blood Alcohol Content was .17 percent, more than twice the legal limit, on October 15, 2019. His vehicle rear-ended one driven by Thomas Marciano, 65, of Toms River, who later succumbed to his injuries. The crash took place at the intersection of Route 9 and Stevens Road. Marciano was stopped behind another vehicle that was making a left.

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  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer commended the work of Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Robert Cassidy and Senior Assistant Prosecutor Jamie Schron who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Toms River Township Police Department Traffic Safety Division, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Advocacy Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Toms River EMS, and Silverton EMS, for their collective assistance in this investigation leading to Thompson’s guilty plea.