DENNIS TWP., NJ -- A 34-year-old woman who was under the influence of Xanax when she caused a head-on crash in Cape May County last year has been sentenced to nine years in state prison.
Jillian M. Elliott, of Woodbine, was convicted of first-degree aggravated manslaughter in the fatal crash.
Elliott was driving a 2000 Ford Expedition east on Route 83 on June 29, 2016 when she crossed the yellow line and slammed into a 2007 Toyota 4Runner.
The crash killed Karen Davies, 71, of Malvern, Pa. Davies was a passenger in the Toyota, ShoreNewsToday.com reported last year. The driver was treated for minor injuries.
Ellliott was not injured. She was sentenced Friday, the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement Monday afternoon.
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A Woodbine woman involved in a fatal vehicle crash last year has been sentenced to nine years in prison for driving while under the influence of Xanax, said Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor.
Jillian M. Elliott, 34, was sentenced to the prison term by Superior Court Judge Michael Donohue.
On June 29, 2016, state police investigated a crash near milepost 3.4 on Route 83 in Dennis Township. Officers said the initial investigation showed that Elliott, heading east in a Ford Expedition, crossed over the yellow line and struck a Toyota 4Runner head on.
Karen Davies, 71, of Malvern, Pa., was a passenger in the Toyota and died as a result of her injuries.
Taylor said the sentence is a result of the investigative work by members of the New Jersey State Police, along with the efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Saverio Carroccia.
Dennis Township, New Jersey woman charged with DWI in fatal accident
July 5, 2016
DENNIS TOWNSHIP, NJ – A Pennsylvania woman was killed in a two-car crash Wednesday, June 29 on Route on Route 83, and a surviving Dennis Township woman faces charges of driving while intoxicated, state police said.
Karen Davies, 70, died as a result of injuries received in a head-on crash at milepost 3.4, according to a statement from police. Jillian Elliot, 33, Dennis Township, NJ was not injured in the crash and faces additional charges pending the state’s toxicology report, police said.
According to police Elliot was traveling east in a green Ford Expedition when her vehicle crossed the center line of the road and struck a white Toyota Four Runner. Davies was the front seat passenger in the Toyota, and suffered severe injuries in the crash.
Police said Davies was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City where she was later pronounced dead. Police said the driver of the Toyota, who was not identified, sustained minor injuries in the crash.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing, police said.
Jillian Elliot, 33, from Woodbine was charged June 29 with vehicular homicide and DWI (drugs) during the course of a fatal motor vehicle accident investigation on SH 83 in Dennis Township. During the investigation it was determined that she was under the influence. She was processed and lodged in Cape May County Correctional Center.