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Police: Driver Who Hit Monmouth University Student Had Revoked License

The man is also facing a charge for injuring another driver.

The man who hit a Monmouth University student is facing charges.
The man who hit a Monmouth University student is facing charges.
By Christopher Sheldon

The driver who hit a car, causing the death of a Monmouth University student and the injury of another person, in Long Branch was driving with a revoked license, according to court documents.

Joseph Stovall, 46, was charged with driving with a revoked license and causing the death of Victoria Anne Tropper, 21, of Marlboro, and injury of Thomas Trianon, 49, of Cherry Hill, after an accident on the shoulder lane near the corner of Joline Avenue and Fifth Avenue in Long Branch on Sept. 11.

Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Public Information Officer Charles Webster said there was a two car accident at the intersection and that the two drivers involved were standing between their cars when a third driver hit the back of the Monmouth University student's vehicle, causing her to be fatally pinned between her car and the car of the man she had the earlier accident with.

Webster said Tropper was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:26 p.m. on Sept. 11 and that Trianon had "non life-threatening" injuries.

Stovall was taken to Monmouth County Jail and held in lieu of $75,000 bail. His first court appearance is set for Oct. 1

Stovall was previously arrested as part of a large heroin bust in 2011 and was charged with various possession and possession with intent type offenses, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Judith Gannon September 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM
where were the cars when he plowed into them? and everyone drives much too fast in these congested neighborhood areas. everybody.
Christopher Sheldon (Editor) September 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Judith, the two drivers who had the initial accident had pulled over into the shoulder lane of Joline Avenue when the second accident occurred.
Judith Gannon September 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM
thank you. i tried to word my remark so as not to blame the victims. if it were myself who crashed into cars on the side of an ordinary rd, i would think i wasnt looking at where my car was wandering, or it wandered because i was distracted by a phone or other inattention. and maybe going too fast to pull away in time or to be monkying with a ph etc. police are killed every year by people who run over them on the shoulder. i ride with a lady who suddenly yanks her car unto the shoulder stomping on the gas, before i can see whats ahead and i am in a better spot to see than she. a lovely girl is gone, the world at her feet. so sorry little sister.
Joy September 16, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I feel so terrible that an innocent, beautiful girl was taken too soon. In addition, I would like to add that they should have never been standing in between their cars assessing the damage, or whatever they were doing. I was instructed from when I started to drive, if ever I got into an accident and it was on a busy road to either, A. stay in the vehicle, or B. to stay on the side of the road away from the vehicle. God Bless this young woman and her grieving family. My heart breaks for them.
CAROLYN WASHINGTON September 17, 2013 at 04:28 PM
No matter what is said, a family has lost a CHILD! This is senseless as to where she was or was not standing. Hind site is 20/20. People must take responsibility for their own actions and behavior.The court system must stop giving FREE PASSES for REPEAT OFFENDERS.That person should not have been behind the wheel of a car.
Sole Sano September 18, 2013 at 06:27 PM
she was doing everything right. the car that smashed into the back on her car was the only one doing anything, if not EVERYTHING, wrong. An innocent girl had her life stolen from her, if justice is not served then I have NO hope for this country

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