A New Hampshire woman with a history of alcohol- and drug-related arrests has been charged with vehicular homicide in the Pleasantville crash that killed her husband and injured their young children last year.
Allison Hawks Nasta, 28, of Manchester, was traveling west on the Black Horse Pike on Aug. 28 when she lost control, crossed several lanes of traffic and collided with a utility pole.
William Nasta, 34, was killed. His wife and the couple's two daughters - one 5 years old, the other 3 months old - were hospitalized for their injuries, but all have recovered.
After the crash, Hawks Nasta originally gave police a fake name, Pleasantville police Chief Jose Ruiz said at the time. She was charged with hindering apprehension, obstruction of justice and several motor vehicle violations.
Detectives found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and discovered the woman's license had been suspended. Later, investigators with the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office found thousands of dollars in stolen goods inside the West Atlantic City hotel room the couple shared in Egg Harbor Township, officials said. The items taken from homes in Linwood and Galloway and Mullica townships included costume jewelry, cameras, safes and electronics. Hawks Nasta was charged with receiving stolen goods.
Hawks Nasta has a history of drug-related incidents and trespassing charges in her hometown and is currently in custody in New Hampshire on charges unrelated to the ones in New Jersey.
A month before the crash, she was found to be allegedly driving while suspended in Manchester, N.H. That stop also revealed she was intoxicated and in possession of drugs, according to a police blotter item in the Salem Patch.
On June 9, 2011, Hawks Nasta also was arrested on charges of driving under the influence in Manchester, the Pelham-Windham News reported. And in 2009, William Nasta was charged with driving while intoxicated and without a license, the Eagle-Tribune blotter shows. His wife was charged with heroin possession when the couple were found passed out in their car sitting in a travel lane in Salem, according to the Union Leader.
Shortly after the deadly crash, Nasta's father - also named William - said the family was devastated over his son's death and that he was adopting the children, who included a then-10-year-old.
Hawks Nasta's bail on the vehicular homicide charge is $50,000. The charge carries five to 10 years in state prison if convicted.
Staff writer Anjalee Khemlani contributed to this report
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