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No Criminal Charges for Former Brick Employee Who Struck Teen

Patrick Doyle struck township teen in 2011, faces DWI charge

The man who was under investigation in the death of a township teenager is not facing criminal charges.

Patrick Doyle, 54, a former township employee, was – a motor vehicle offense in New Jersey – after striking 19-year-old Anthony Briffa with his car the night of May 11, 2011.

Briffa, a student at Ocean County College, was riding his skateboard on Jordan Road about 10 p.m. that night.

Maria Briffa, Anthony's sister, told Brick Patch that a grand jury declined to indict Doyle on any criminal charges, though officials with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office would not comment on grand jury activity, saying the information could not be publicly released.

Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michael Paulhus did confirm, however, that there are no indictable charges pending against Doyle, and the DWI case would move forward in municipal court.

In January, Paulhus said the DWI case in order to avoid double jeopardy issues if criminal charges were to be filed.

Maria Briffa said the DWI case had moved from Brick to Toms River, then to Point Pleasant, and the family was awaiting the confirmation of a new court date. The case was investigated by Toms River Police and county authorities instead of Brick police because Doyle was, at the time, a part-time employee with the township. He resigned that position shortly after the accident.

"There's no closure," Maria Briffa said, adding that the family's grief has not subsided more than a year later.

Briffa said her family was hoping to raise $500 by the end of summer for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Information on the fundraising effort is posted on a Facebook page created by the family.

Chrissy The Saint July 17, 2012 at 05:55 AM
You could get a ham sandwich indicted and if this guy was black or didn't hang out with the mayor or was lower income he would ave been indcted.
Anthony Dad July 17, 2012 at 09:21 AM
Anthony was a good son and I miss him a lot.To all the good people out there who wants the right things for my son to be done THANK YOU.Please keep my son Anthony in your prayers.......Thanks.
Quah July 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM
You and your family are in our prayers everyday
1stcav July 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Anthony and his Family , your in my prayers, OC prosecutor and Doyle ..your NOT !! Nuff said; Clean house in O.C. Rep. Club...The Good Old Boys !
Toms River resident July 17, 2012 at 01:50 PM
He was DWI when he killed somebody then he should be charged and go to trial that is the law. No exceptions to this law. What are we going backwards where is the outrage over this? People seem to be more upset over off shore bank accounts.
lillian ziemba July 17, 2012 at 07:55 PM
it makes me sick to think how hurt the family is and mother will never be the same again, what kind of law do we have?
chris d. July 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM
it isn't trayvon martin!!! not racial!!! noone cares!!!
Brick Resident # 17 July 18, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Are you for real clamdigger? The prosecutor controls the Grand Jury and the prosecutor is a political appointment (friend). There is a well known saying in law enforcement circles; "you can indict a ham sandwich". It takes nothing to get an indictment through the grand jury system, that is, if the politicians and prosecutor wants an indictment.
Brick Resident # 17 July 18, 2012 at 07:31 AM
It isn't that big of a stretch, to believe it is a conspiracy. They are all powerful members of the same political party and it is what is presented to the grand jury that matters, that doesn't put the members of the grand jury into the conspiracy, it just says that they were given the information necessary to indict. And, especially in a case like this, it doesn't take much to get an indictment. The Briffa family should ask the state attorney general's office to look into this matter. This was a cover up from the get go, you ask any Brick employee, who is not a member of the police department, if their accidents were investigated by Toms River police. That is insane, the only time there would be a conflict would be if the accident involved a member of the police department. I find it insulting to the Brick PD that this accident investigation was farmed out.
Brick Resident # 17 July 18, 2012 at 07:50 AM
Jerry Belle, while I agree that the writer does not have knowledge of Titles 2C and 39, that is not the problem here. The problem is that a part time employee of the township could not be investigated by the local PD. Why? Is every accident involving township employees referred to outside agencies for investigation? I know that that is not true. This accident stinks of politics from the start. Since they got a blood test the first responders did make a determination as to whether he was impaired, yet, he was not arrested at the scene and wasn't charged until months later. This is not normal procedure. There is a stink to this whole case. I made the same statement that you did about the ham sandwich, I didn't see your post when I typed it. It is obvious that the prosecutor didn't try to get an indictment and that is a concern. Someone who is charged with DWI, driving an unregistered vehicle that results in death. How can there not be a criminal charge???
M22 July 18, 2012 at 07:53 AM
I am so sorry that you and your family have to see this ridiculous comments. I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that you and your family find peace. I don't know if that is possible but please try. My heart goes out to your family. On another note I find it pathetic that all these people are posting all these comments but not one of them has taken the time to address your Mom who posted earlier. Very sad that people are willing to fight each other over hearsay information and not on facts. God bless you and your family Vincent.
Brick Resident # 17 July 18, 2012 at 07:56 AM
You are right.
Brick Resident # 17 July 18, 2012 at 08:06 AM
Lifetime Resident, he was not arrested. He was charged months after the accident, he may have been picked up at that point, we don't know, it wasn't reported. Brick PD did not investigate the accident, Toms River PD did. So while you castigate Tracy for not giving the correct account, your account is also wrong.
Brick Resident # 17 July 18, 2012 at 08:24 AM
So sorry for your loss. This whole thing sickens me. My son is younger, he started playing lacrosse his freshman year at Memorial, Anthony was instrumental in teaching him how to play.
LOCALS ONLY July 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
LIsten I don't know who this boy is that was killed in my town. My condolences to the family. My jaw completely dropped when I read this article. What the heck is going on with the system here people. So if this was a non township employee they would drag him through the mud.. I don't care who you are, when something devastating like this happens and all he gets is a slap on the wrist. COMPLETELY UNEXCEPTABLE! I'm ashamed to say I live in this town.
LOCALS ONLY July 18, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I agree with you on that.
Jack July 19, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Stop the cover-up! Until Doyle is brought to justice, Anthony will not have justice. Bring in the state to review what really happened and investigate the locals. Helen Keller would even know what's happening here! Jack
Bob July 19, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Apparently, the Ocean County Prosecutor is either related, or is not up for re-election!! Let's pick and choose who we prosecute....maybe Anthony's family isn't wealthy or influential enough for the OC Prosecutor, but if a DWI/Death is prosecuted in OC, does that NOT set a precedent? This is why NJ is as corrupt as Louisiana!!! Make the rules as you go...
Linda July 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM
This is the LAW from the State website....when they finally find a judge who isn't a friend of the Doyle family he should be doing at least 180 days in jail.... Penalties and Consequences Here are the fines and punishments that will need to be dealt with when you are facing these charges for a third DUI in New Jersey offense: There is a minimum fine of $1000. The loss of license shall be at least 10 years and possibly more. There will need to be a minimum of 180 days spent in jail. The DMV will charge any violators an additional $1000 for three years if the conviction occurs within three years of the most recent conviction then it will be $1500 per year for three years. There will need to be an ignition interlock device installed on the car for 1 to 3 years after reinstatement of license after ten years. There is no work driving privileges during the minimum 10 year license suspension.
Bowie Thelonius July 19, 2012 at 01:27 PM
This is just such a disgusting story. My heart and prayers go out to the Briffa family, and my utter contempt to the Ocean County Prosecutor and the "politicians" of Brick. Two years ago, I was nearly hit broadside in the parking lot of the Bank of America on Brick Blvd. That's right, the parking lot. A woman was driving North on 70 and for some reason left the roadway, and entered the parking lot at a very high rate of speed. I actually had to quickly back up to avoid being hit on the driver's side of my car. She then left the parking lot, still speeding, and came to a stop when she hit one of the bank signs. While entering the lot she managed to hit a utility pole and another sign. I ran up to her car to see if she was ok, and she seemed "disoriented". She had a young child, in the front seat of her car, and fortunately he was not injured. The police and fire trucks arrived and I spoke to one of the police and gave my account. While I was talking to him, apparently his superior called him on his walkie talkie and they talked for while. Then the superior, who knew I was standing there, per the officer, told the officer to turn off the sound and make phone him (so I could not hear what was being said). I was never called as a witness, no one from the police department EVER followed up with me, and there was never any mention of it in the papers. The accident tied up Rte 70 for several hours, but I never read or heard another word about it. Wonder who's relative she was.
brick resident July 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM
it seems to pay if u know someone in brick u can get away with murder . my prayer go to the family
s July 21, 2012 at 08:12 PM
@brickresident 2....A grand jury only serves to decide if there is ANY evidence to send the case to a trial. Grand jury is very cut and dry and almost NEVER fails to move forward. You hear no evidence, no witnesses, etc. You are simply told very basic facts of what happened. Drunk driving, hit and killed kid with vehicle. Thats pretty much it. Obviously something very fishy here.
Andy Pat July 23, 2012 at 02:15 PM
People should know the following: (1) Pat Doyle and Steve Acropolis have been friends since High School. They both graduated Brick 1975. Probably played hockey together. (2) Pat Doyle has not been a good drinker for years (many people around town can attest to this (3) Pat previously worked for Brick but was let go while domestic abuse charges were lodged against him; he then got hooked up with a job in Toms Riverr through his childhood friend, the Judge; and subsequently was rehired in Brick by Acropolis after losing the TR job. His connections with the mayor of Brick, the former mayor of TR, a judge, and others have clearly helped Pat avoid justice. (4) The defence lawyer Dolye hired previously worked with the prosecutor's office and probably knows the current prosecutor on a first name basis
Hector Logan July 23, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Christie is replacing the prosecutor because it's a political appointment. Ford is a democrat. He is replacing Ford with a guy who is a municipal prosecutor with a long track record of plea bargaining EVERYTHING that comes before him for the path of least resistance who is also a fellow 'follow my lead' Republican. That's the story patch should be following. I f you think it's bad now, just wait until the regime changes. You're going to have a County Rep. good old boy as county prosecutor before you know it. Just wait until George Gilmore's hand-picked prosecutor is at the helm.
chris d. July 23, 2012 at 04:34 PM
so what do we do???? Baaaa!!
1stcav July 23, 2012 at 09:46 PM
The good old boys club @ work here and HOW it was presented BY the OC Prosecutor to " The Grand Jury " , they have boundaries and guide lines they ( Jury ) HAVE to follow....when presented !!!!! Someone tied someones hands on this ...period.
J.JONES July 23, 2012 at 10:16 PM
George Gilmore..Who is this guy..I see his name in any thing within BRICKTOWN ?????Is he a GOD ...
BW July 23, 2012 at 10:21 PM
He THINKS he is
Ashley Bovona July 28, 2012 at 03:13 AM
I hate to hear this and it saddens me it really does.... i miss him i really do.. Anthony is my cousin and i will always love and miss him... R.I.P Anthony. Doyle should have been charged he was drinking and driving.
Brick Resident # 17 July 28, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Pat "Patty" Doyle cell # 848-448-2621 pdutz65@aol.com

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