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Wife charged with death by auto in connection to fatal death of husband

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Two months after a man was fatally struck by a vehicle outside his residence, police have charged his wife in relation to his death, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Hillsborough Township Chief of Police Michael McMahon.

Amanda O’Keefe, 37, Hillsborough, who voluntarily responded to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office on March 29, was charged with second degree death by auto, according to a press release through the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

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On Saturday, Feb. 25, at approximately 2:28 a.m., Hillsborough Township police officers and Hillsborough Emergency Services were dispatched to a residence in Hillsborough Township in response to a 911 call. The victim, identified as Robert O’Keefe, 41, was allegedly struck by a vehicle driven by his spouse, and he was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene, according to the press release.

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Crime Scene
Investigation Unit and members of the Somerset County Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team (C.A.R.T.) responded to the scene to investigate along with detectives from the Hillsborough Township Police Department. Investigators from the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office also responded to the scene to investigate.

The investigation revealed that Amanda O’Keefe was over the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (B.A.C.) limit at the time of incident, according to the press release.

O’Keefe was lodged in the Somerset County Jail and subsequently released on March 30, with conditions of release pending future court appearance.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at (908) 369-4323 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos.

STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports, and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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