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Toms River Man Charged In Connection With December Fatal Hit And Run

Joseph E. Marsh
Joseph E. Marsh

A 27-year-old Toms River man has been charged in connection with a December fatal hit-and-run, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and South Toms River Police Chief Andrew Izatt.

Joseph E. Marsh, 27, of Toms River, was arrested Friday for the December fatal pedestrian hit and run in South Toms River.    

On Dec. 16, 2013, at approximately 5:54 p.m., the South Toms River Police Department responded to a hit-and-run involving an 84-year old pedestrian. The victim was struck in the eastbound lane on Dover Road at the intersection of Chamberlain Street near the 7-Eleven, according to authorities.  The suspect vehicle immediately fled the area, as bystanders called 911 for assistance. 

The victim, William Gaughan, 84, of South Toms River was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center with severe head and body trauma. Gaughan succumbed to his injuries at the hospital and was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. on the same night he was struck.

After an intense investigation, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the South Toms River Police Department arrested Marsh Friday, approximately 3:45 p.m., at the law office of James R. Lisa, 618 Newark Ave., Suite 220, Jersey City, NJ. 

It is alleged that Joseph E. Marsh caused the death of William P. Gaughan by driving his 2012 Kia Optima recklessly, specifically by talking on his cell phone, and striking the victim as he was walking across Dover Road in South Toms River.

The complaint summons filed in the case also allege Marsh left the scene of the accident and replaced the vehicles damaged windshield, vacuumed debris, and removed identifying articles (license Plates, registration, insurance documents) from his vehicle.

Marsh is charged with vehicular homicide, knowingly leaving a motor vehicle accident with serious bodily injury, tampering with physical evidence, and hindering apprehension.

Marsh has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail on $200,000 bail, with no ten percent option, set by Judge Francis R. Hodgson, Jr. 

grace January 17, 2014 at 05:28 PM
wow..wondering why that marsh name is so familiar to me..being from toms river...
Karen Nisivoccia-Campbell January 17, 2014 at 05:41 PM
It was Marshall not Marsh and those kids are much older now.
JFTR January 17, 2014 at 09:27 PM
If he was black there would be more than 2 comments on this story.
Project Bluebeam January 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM
Typical of this generation....
Mister Matt January 17, 2014 at 10:31 PM
The coverup is usually worse than the crime.
Gino De Lucia January 18, 2014 at 03:16 AM
It's not about race or color! The good news here is that this coward A-hole has been caught, and that he has been charged for his crime. Hopefully, he will be found guilty and then afterwards, rot in hell for what he did. I pray for William Gaughan, and for his family; may he will rest in eternal peace!
PointGirl1 January 18, 2014 at 04:41 AM
Great job ocpo and s toms river pd. this will give his family some closure and peace after this horrible crime. Rip mr gaughan.
Chris January 18, 2014 at 06:47 AM
It's not marshal it's marsh I grew up wit that kid he went to tr north and he lived in briar knoll
John E January 18, 2014 at 07:40 AM
He's no angel that's for sure. " guess he never got jail time and placed on probation back in November 2012 and 207 and 2008. "Joseph Marsh age 26 of 8 Rickard Court, Toms River NJ. Mr. Marsh was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, possession of CDS (Oxycodone) with intent to distribute, possession of CDS (Oxycodone), possession of CDS (Xanax) with intent to distribute, possession of CDS (Xanax), and possession of marijuana. The Honorable Superior Court Judge James Blaney JSC. set bail for Mr. Marsh at $30,000 no ten percent 11/12/2012." "2/20/2007 arrested for drug/conspiracy' "5/13/2008 drug offense" This guy gets no more slaps on the wrists..bye bye. This time he'll be going away for a very very long time..GOOD!
grace January 18, 2014 at 09:59 AM
is there an older brother?
Roger Schopka January 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM
I was wondering why he would be in South Toms River . . .
Chris January 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Chris January 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM
He grew up in bria knoll in toms river right down the street from high school north
barbara January 18, 2014 at 08:13 PM
Agree gino makes me sick.
JFTR January 18, 2014 at 08:43 PM
Why is nobody calling for this guy's death, or saying that "people like him" should be put in cages? Apparently killing a man and trying to cover it up is less of a crime then making a VERBAL "threat" of shooting up a Chuck E Cheese.
Paul Altoz April 02, 2014 at 02:28 PM
i knew him for years and actualy attended his mothers funeral a few years ago...cant beleive he took someones life like that.in the past 4 or 5 years he has been sniffing oxycodone and xanax pills and later graduated to shooting heroin in his veins and he became a sever heroin addict with a high tolerance to opiates and was probably nodding out at the wheel when he struck the victim with his car. he has already spent time in prison for posession of drugs with intent to distribute and actualy was still doing drugs when he got out of prison and was arrested again for possession with intent to distribute and was put on probation. he will surely be doing alot longer time in prison now. mabe 20-30 years. his life as he knew it is over now. cant imagine what he is thinking after detoxing off the heroin in county jail. he was raised by his grandmother because his mother was a heroin addict his whole life. guess the apple dosent fall far from the tree in this case.


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