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Trial Upcoming for Alleged Hit, Run Boater

Anthony Digilio trial date had been moved from last fall

The trial of a Brick Township man charged in a fatal boating accident in Aug. 2008 is set to begin soon after being pushed back from the fall, officials said.

Anthony Digilio, now 33, is facing charges of vehicular homicide and assault after authorities say he fled the scene of a late-night boating accident near Gunner's Ditch at the mouth of the Metedeconk River and Barnegat Bay.

Jury selection in the case is currently scheduled for March 26 with the trial expected to begin April 2, said Senior Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Hillary Bryce.

"We're hoping, looking at it, that it will be done in the month of April," Bryce said.

Delays in taking the case to trial have been due to Digilio's attorney, Joseph Tacopina of New York City, being busy with other cases there, said Bryce.

Robert Post, a 49-year-old Essex Fells resident who was piloting a 17-foot Boston Whaler, died in the accident which occurred when his boat collided with Digilio's. Several other people were injured, two seriously.

After the accident, authorities began hunting for the second boat involved.

On Aug. 5, 2008, authorities seized Digilio's 27-foot Imperial performance boat, which they said had been involved in the crash. At the time, Digilio's then-attorney William Cunningham told the Newark Star-Ledger that his client hit something that night, but was not sure what it was. Cunningham said Digilio stopped the boat, did not hear or see anything, then proceeded on his way, an article published in the newspaper said.

If convicted, Digilio faces 10 years behind bars for the vehicular homicide charge and 18 months each for the two assault by vessel charges.

johny9179 February 27, 2013 at 01:17 AM
I dont know a whole lot about boating but if I hit something I would want to get it out that night oppose to getting it off the bottom of the river the next day. just saying
Tiretester March 24, 2013 at 02:17 PM
yes his nephew. John was daddy's brother!
Tweedy Bird March 24, 2013 at 06:49 PM
The mobster's lawyer: "I can't stand him," said one prosecutor, pointing out that Tacopina also sprung Natalee Holloway suspect Joran van der Sloot and Thomas Wiese, an Abner Louima cop. "He's slick, he's got a big ego, and he'll represent any scumbag."
Excellent memory March 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM
The trial starts on April 3 at 9:00 am at the Ocean County Court House, 120 Hooper Avenue, Toms River. For those of us that live in the area and know those injured and lost in this terrible accident, the wait of over 4 years for this trial has been a terrible injustice. The accident itself was a travesty, but the act of leaving the scene following a horrific collision leaving terribly injured people is a criminal act, nothing less than a hit and run. If it not been for a cell phone on board, it is likely others may have died that evening. I look forward to the jury hearing the evidence and bringing forth a verdict. I encourage anyone interested, to attend some part of the trial to demonstrate that while 4 years have passed, our deep feelings about these proceedings and justice is as strong as ever.
Sharkey-Images March 28, 2013 at 04:09 AM
It only took the Asbury Park Press 5 months to publish the photos from the Mantoloking Bridge from the night of Hurricane Sandy . Where are the photos or video from the Bridge cameras 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after the accident occurred August 2008 ??? I am sure the Canal Bridges, the SMP Station, the Beaver Dam and the Mantoloking Bridge Cameras together could paint a complete picture of who was where and when on that night ...


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