Glouco woman gets 5 years in fatal DUI hit-and-run

Posted: April 05, 2012

A 42-year-old Deptford woman was sentenced to five years in prison today in the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist on the Delsea Drive on Sept. 14, 2010.

Mary J. Dalton must serve 85 percent of the term - 4 years, 3 months - before becoming eligible for parole.

Dalton pleaded guilty Feb. 6 to vehicular homicide in the death of Thomas McCoy, of Woodbury, and admitted she was drunk at the time.

Officials said her blood-alcohol level was .235, almost three times the legal limit of .08.

After hitting McCoy from behind on the shoulder of the roadway, she drove her pickup truck for a mile before the vehicle became disabled and police arrested her.

Dalton apologized to the victim's family before Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr. imposed sentence.

"This is a pain I have to live with every day, but it doesn't compare to the pain I caused them," she said, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office.

Dalton is not related to County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton, whose office prosecuted the case.

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