Alleged Brick 'Hit-and-Run' Boater's Trial Date Set

Anthony Digilio, if convicted, facing more than a decade behind bars

The man accused of vehicular homicide and assault stemming from an Aug. 2008 boating accident near the mouth of the Metedeconk River will have his day in court Oct. 29, officials said.

Brick resident Anthony Digilio, now 33, is facing a single count of vehicular homicide and two counts of assault by vessel. He was charged after authorities alleged he was at the helm of a boat involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed an Essex County man and injured two others.

The Aug. 3, 2008 accident, which occurred after 1:30 a.m., resulted in the death of Robert Post, a 49-year-old Essex Fells resident who was piloting a 17-foot Boston Whaler that night. Several other people were injured in the accident, 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.

An Ocean County grand jury indicted Digilio in the case in 2010. Digilio has since switched lawyers; he is now being represented by celebrity criminal defense attorney Joseph Tacopina of New York City.

Senior Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Hillary Bryce said Digilio's trial is set to begin Oct. 29, with a hearing scheduled in late August to determine plea cutoff dates and other matters.

As of now, the option of reaching a plea bargain is still possible, Bryce said.

Bryce said no charges related to alcohol or drug use were levied in the case.

"We didn't get ahold of him until a couple days later, so we have no way of knowing if there were any intoxication issues," she 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.

Mark Story Jenks August 06, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Lets hope true justice prevails.
Comfortably Numb August 06, 2012 at 03:07 PM
If I remember right the guy pulled his boat from the water and tried to hide it. So he knew he was in trouble and did something wrong.
Lori Morrison August 06, 2012 at 03:35 PM
He knew exactly what he did and was hiding while emergency services boats were searching the river for his boat. I hope the low life bastard goes down.
Sal Petoia August 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I remember one night years ago we were doing some late night crabbing off Good Luck Point. It was around 11 PM when we were heading back to Brick. I was north of the Seaside bridge and going slow since the visibility was poor. My lights were all on and I was standing, looking over the windshield for better visibility. I first sensed, rather than saw, movement traveling at very high speed coming from right to left across my bow. I did get a reflection of my lights off the other craft's spray being kicked up. It was very close. Don't know what kind of boat it was, but it was traveling very fast and running with no lights. The making of a disaster was all there. My boat was a 21 foot. If I had hit him, it would probably not have done serious damage since we were proceeding slowly. If he had hit me, I may not be writing this now. Bottom line: There are a lot of people operating boats that know nothing about boating or particularly care about "the other guy". Be careful boaters and use common sense!
Mark Story Jenks August 06, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Good advice.
Victor August 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I remember this story also. Didn't the performance boat hit them so hard it actually decapitated the driver of the Whaler? I remember reading or hearing something horrendous like that about that accident. That poor family. If the other bloggers are correct and he tried to hide his boat then I hope they lock him up and throw the key away.
Andy Pat August 06, 2012 at 08:43 PM
So he "had" Wm. Cunningham (see Pat Doyle's recent non indictment on vehicular homicide), and now has Top Gun Joseph Tacopina of New York City. Good luck with that "Lets hope true justice prevails"
Mare August 06, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Brick has become so corrupt. It sickens me, but it's still better than some places..... In reference to On Anononon, yes his father helped him park the boat partway backward into the garage so the damaged part couldn't be seen. Very sneaky. They said "we were just trying to protect the damaged part in case it rained.. " Well then, there you have it!
So Much to Say August 07, 2012 at 11:34 AM
It's about time!!!!!
Oh please August 07, 2012 at 12:49 PM
FYI. Get your facts right. Case was handled by State Police not Brick. The crash was on the water.
Art Sholty August 07, 2012 at 01:30 PM
@ Sal Petoia, A story worth remembering. Boats are worse than cars when some dunce is operating it while drunk. My job required me to respond to vehicle accidents which numbered many and seeing what drinking and driving produces, I can never forget the carnage.
Mare August 08, 2012 at 11:53 PM
First of all, get YOUR facts straight. I never said it was the "Brick" police. Everyone knows the crash was on the water. Graduate from high school and check back in seven years.
Joe August 16, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The guy is a low life. Looking forward to the trench coat hanging over his head as they escort him out of the courthouse in handcuffs all the way to prison.


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