Long Branch Police Officer Faces Drunken Driving Charge In Fatal Off-Duty Crash

Jake Pascucci

Long Branch, NJ – Authorities say an off-duty police officer was driving drunk when he struck and killed a woman last month.

Long Branch police officer Jake Pascucci has been charged with careless driving, reckless driving and driving while intoxicated.

The charges against the 28-year-old officer stem from a Sept. 22 crash in Long Branch that killed 66-year-old Stanhope resident Karen Borkowski, who was attempting to cross the street as she was heading to a nearby CVS. She was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

Pascucci told officers at the scene he had a green light and that Borkowski was jaywalking, according to dashboard camera video from police at the scene.



Chenelle Renee’ Covin is the Editor-in-Chief/Communications Manager of Unheard Voices Magazine and its subsidiaries. After taking the position as Editor-in-Chief of Unheard Voices, she has helped evolved the magazine into a popular African-American/minority publication on the internet. Through Chenelle’s contributions, Unheard Voices has garnered national and international recognition, and namely so recognized as the who’s who in urban online media. Chenelle has attended Rutgers University and graduated from Monmouth University with honors with a degree in Business Administration. When first asked to get involved with the magazine she was able to master the art of graphic design and web development with out taking any formal classes in a very short time. She currently designed and implemented internship opportunities to be offered in the Long Branch, Asbury Park, and Neptune communities. Her goal is to work with the local NAACP, Long Branch Housing Authority and other agencies to teach and give jobs to those interested in Journalism and Mass Communication in the minority communities.

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