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Vehicular Homicide Charges in Fatal Head-On Crash

Alcohol detected on Warren woman's breath following Bernards Township accident that killed Bridgewater man and injured his daughter, prosecutor says.

A Warren woman has been charged with vehicular homicide in a motor vehicle crash that killed a Bridgewater man in Bernards Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano.

Lori Weiss, 44, was charged Thursday with second-degree vehicular homicide and third-degree assault by auto in the incident that occurred on Martinsville Road in Bernards Township Wednesday.

Soriano said officers responding to the scene detected alcohol on Weiss' breath, and she was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

According to Soriano, the crash occurred at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday when Weiss's 2011 Mercedes Benz SUV crossed over the center line on Martinsville Road in Bernards Township and struck a 2008 Honda Accord head-on.

Soriano said Weiss failed to maintain her line while driving.

The Honda was driven by Peter Calvelli, 49, of Hodge Drive in Bridgewater. Calvelli was pronounced dead at the scene, Soriano said.

Calvelli's 25-year-old daughter was a passenger in the vehicle, and she was taken to Morristown Medical Center with serious injuries, Soriano said. Her condition was not immediately known Thursday afternoon.

The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office C.A.R. Team and the Bernards Township Traffic Safety Unit responded to the scene to investigate.

Soriano said the crash is still under investigation.

Anyone with information on the accident should call Bernards Township Police at 908-766-1122, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office C.A.R. Team at 908-231-7100 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers' Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS.

All calls will be confidential.

Jawce January 19, 2013 at 09:39 PM
wow is right! this blog is bringing out all the comedians and nuts
Bob January 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Mich - Harvey is just an internet troll trying to incite a reaction... don't feed the troll. Trolls do not have the mental capacity to make any points that don't involve crude language. Back under the bridge troll!
joe j January 20, 2013 at 12:31 AM
These comments by everyone are silly. The reality is that woman will plead to 5 years, go to Edna Mahan prison, which is more than a country club than a prison, it even has plasma tv's, and she'll be out in 3, and this will all be forgotten. She'll get back in the Mercedes and probably drink more next time.
steve jones January 20, 2013 at 08:28 AM
Peter Calvelli will get justice. The Calvelli's aren't going to take the 100k insurance money on the mercedes less the 33% lawyer fee and release their claim again the Weiss family for only 77k. The husband Mitchell S. Weiss, has tens of millions of dollars, and the Calvelli's will take both Lori & Mitchell to court, and will absolutely not take the 100k in insurance money. Also, they will find out if Lori was served at a bar, and sue the bar as well. Justice will be served.
Joe videodummy January 20, 2013 at 04:16 PM
The onboard computers on her SUV are quite advanced. They not only record the vehicles speed and braking patterns, they record the drivers motion and balance during operation. The wheel sensors can reveal things that the naked eye cannot see. If equipped, the onboard cameras also record forward and backward the whole time the vehicle is moving. From the time she started the vehicle until impact, the vehicle has an active record.
Susan M. January 20, 2013 at 10:22 PM
First of all, I'd bet that the auto policy is much more 100K. You don't live in an expensive house, drive a Mercedes and insure yourself for 100k. They probably have 500k/250k and an umbrella policy to deal with an excess claims.
Susan M. January 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM
I have to agree. It's sad but probably true.
Jim Paulson January 21, 2013 at 01:20 AM
I hope Lori Weiss is ok.
Jawce January 21, 2013 at 02:18 AM
why?
Jawce January 21, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Has LORI WEISS MADE ANY PUBLIC STATEMENT??? Can't some reporter put a mic in front of her so we can hear what she has to say????????????????????
Dan Sullivan January 21, 2013 at 03:03 AM
there is enough hate on this site to make me wonder if i've delivered myself and my family into a community of small minds. it's amazing what people will put in writing hiding behind screen names. if this is acceptable behavior in a social setting, it isn't the social settings i attend. i think the spreading of ones own misery is their own personal definition. to harm both families with this unfettered poisonous rhetoric is a sure sign of small minds.
Vera Weinhold January 21, 2013 at 03:35 AM
As a passenger in a car driven by my son with 2 grandchildren at around 8:30 - 8:40 pm entering Briarwood drive on the same evening coming from 525 north we were almost hit head on by this woman and same car-we stopped while the car was less than 20 feet in front of us before she swerved to her right at a high speed and almost rolled her SUV. I screamed thinking we were going to be hit head on and I would lose my son and grand-children. We are very very lucky and blessed by God that we were not the ones who were hit that night. But my heart is breaking for her, and the other family. I haven't slept since this night. It was terrifying. We were so so lucky and were just minutes from the road she hit Mr. Cavelli on. Pray for everyone. Vera Weinhold/Scottsdale, AZ
Bob January 21, 2013 at 12:08 PM
@ Vera If your story is true you should report it to the police. "Anyone with information on the accident should call Bernards Township Police at 908-766-1122, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office C.A.R. Team at 908-231-7100 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers' Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS."
Metoo January 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Vera said: "I screamed thinking we were going to be hit head on and I would lose my son and grand-children. We are very very lucky and blessed by God that we were not the ones who were hit that night." Did God not like the victim?
Susan M. January 21, 2013 at 01:07 PM
What an idiotic comment.
Leisa Hudson Hamill January 22, 2013 at 12:36 AM
In other countries you are guilty until proven innocent....from what I've read on this posting so far, it looks like most of you would have had her hung dead before she even gets to meet with her lawyer! There bit for the grace of God go I..........
525 expert January 22, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Betas comment cannot be. The accident was on 525 but north of briarwood dr.
Ken Feeney January 22, 2013 at 04:31 AM
dont all of you above have anything better to do with your time instead of judging people,leave that to the courts and let justice be served. you all could go back and forth on this for days...............go do something worthwhile where you can make a difference............
Sam Herring January 23, 2013 at 01:12 AM
My most heartfelt condolences. The vehicle was registered in the husband's name, Mitchell Weiss, a former Goldman Sachs lawyer who owns 26 companies. I would recommend that the family retain a lawyer to sue this family. The lawyer will want you to take the insurance money on the mercedes, however, that would be a mistake, as you would release your claim for the tens of millions you could recover from the family. Get a local personal injury lawyer to file a lawsuit, and don't let the lawyer convince you to take the tiny insurance money, but make sure you hold the family responsible. They won't declare bankruptcy, as they have too many companies, and too much money. The son and daughter should have their college and graduate school paid for, as they shouldn't have to be waiters to earn the money after their father so unjustly taken from them. Rest in peace Peter Calvelli.
tom arnold January 24, 2013 at 01:59 PM
DWI... much worse than DUI
tom arnold January 24, 2013 at 02:07 PM
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tom arnold January 24, 2013 at 02:17 PM
My sincere condolences to all.... victim, victim family, criminal, criminal family However, my belief is that regardless of "circumstances" there are some crimes or consequences of actions that you do not get a 2nd chance from...... taking the life of an innocent person is one of these actions We now know more.... This was a DWI, open container in car, before 9pm at night, driving a newish SUV on a local road we all travel, privilidged background.... with the very worst consequences possible.... and affecting innocent people with no opportunity to recover......call me an unfeeling azzzz, who has made plenty of mistakes, but offender should never see the light of day, and she should not go to min security white collar prison
LB January 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM
I agree that if guilty, the severest possible form of punishment is in order. But what does the time of day and "newish SUV" have to do with it? As far as type if prison, the authorities most likely will not place Lori Weiss with violent offenders.
tom arnold January 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Would you not agree that SUV drivers are like the old Volvo crowd? probably the worst drivers on the road I did not say with violent offenders, but she should not have any comforts or freedoms... she took a life by acting irresponsible and that life is not coming back Time of day is an indicator of someone more likely to have a drinking problem; someone that drunk and out of control relatively early is usually someone that drinks a lot and alone.
LB January 26, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Hi T, I don't know about the SUV drivers being the worst. I think there are just so many on the road, especially right here in Warren. I see plenty of other cars with nut bars behind the wheel. I agree with you about no comforts or freedoms. And truly, a message needs to be sent that such actions are not tolerated by our legal system. That's an interesting point about the time of day. I would have thought more about it had the tragedy occurred in the morning or middle of the afternoon, though. She could have been out to dinner with friends. I guess only the police and attorneys know where she was prior to getting behind the wheel. The whole thing is just sad beyond words. My heart goes out to the Calvelli family and Lori Weiss's children.
jane January 26, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Just about all of us have done this: Gone to dinner with friends, had a glass of wine, maybe two. Then drove home, without thinking much about it. I think we should all think about it. I think we should think about Mr. Calvelli. His daugher Rachel. His family and friends that have to live the rest of their lives without, their husband, father, uncle, relative or friend. Think about handing over the keys, calling a cab, or ordering a glass of water instead. I know I will.
ElvisFrog June 13, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Reminder pleading guilty means lock the cage door !
ElvisFrog June 13, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Guilty she was !
ElvisFrog June 13, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Well ? She pled guilty !
ElvisFrog June 13, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Well she pleaded Guilty to drinking being drunk killing and injuring. Hope she enjoys the prison food & toilet wine !

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