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Marcus OrtegaOCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Prosecutors say the alleged drunk driver who hit a man and drove over a mile with him sticking through his windshield will likely face upgraded charges after the victim died.

According to reports, 33-year-old Marcos Ortega was driving drunk on Nov. 10 when he hit 61-year-old Kenneth Moeller who was walking along the side of the road. Instead of stopping, Ortega continued driving with poor Moeller sticking through his windshield.

Police began receiving calls regarding an erratic driver with what appeared to be a body on the hood of the car. They were able to pull Ortega over approximately 1.5 miles from where he initially hit Moeller.

Police conducted field sobriety tests on Ortega and determined he was impaired. He was taken into custody and charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash and causing serious bodily injury to another while driving under the influence.

Moeller was flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he was placed on life support and had to have one of his legs amputated. He remained in critical condition until Monday night, when he would die from his injuries.

Because of this, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office are meeting with the investigating team from Waretown police to upgrade the charges and bail against Ortega, who is currently in custody at the Ocean County jail in lieu of $150,000 with no 10 percent option.

The dilemma in situations like this is that if you do choose to drive intoxicated, it is often better you do attempt to leave the scene of an accident you may be involved in. Best to face charges for leaving the scene of an accident than the stiff penalty attached to driving drunk and causing an accident.

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Of course you would hope that people would choose not to drive with someone stuck in their windshield, but we are talking about people who choose to drink and drive. I would bet good decision making probably isn’t one of their strong points.

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