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Driver in Lord & Taylor Pedestrian Accident Indicted

Boughner faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Westfield resident Leslie Boughner, the driver of the car which hit a pedestrian in August in front of Lord & Taylor, was indicted Thursday by the county grand jury.

Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow annouced that Boughner has been indicted on two counts of second and third degree assault by auto in the August 5 incident. Boughner, who is free on $20,000 bail, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Boughner is charged with driving a 2005 maroon Ford Taurus which hit Gina Marotta, 25, of Clark, a Lord & Taylor employee crossing North Avenue in the crosswalk from the department store's employee parking lot to the store. Boughner was driving east bound on North Avenue when the accident occurred at Noon.

Romankow said that the police investigation showed Boughner had a blood alcohol content that was higher than the legal limit of .08-percent at the time of the accident. Boughner gave a blood sample to the police at the time of the accident and willingly cooperated with police in the hours following the accident.

Marotta was transported to University Hospital in Newark with a broken arm, broken leg and head injuries. She was released from the hospital after a several day stay.

An arraignment in Boughner's case has not been scheduled in state Superior Court at this time. It is expected to occur in the next week or two.

Boughner's attorney, Robert Norton, said that he and his client are still studying the information and do not have comment at this time.

"At this juncture we have not reviewed all of the discovery," Norton said. "My client will make a comment after we review the discovery and the indictment."

Robin September 04, 2010 at 02:51 AM
I feel really bad for the Lord & Taylor Employee who got hit by the car and thank god she will recover. However, to Leslie Boughner I will advise you to seek another attorney for a second. I know clients that Mr. Norton has represented and they always lose and end up in jail. So please before you decide what to do get a second opinion from another attorney it may save you in the end.

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