Man charged with the death of NJ jogger

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  • Gabrielle Reuveni, who was killed while jogging in Pike County in July. (Facebook photo)

— Philip J. Cise has been charged with causing the death of Gabrielle Reuveni of New Jersey, who was vacationing in Palmyra Township last July, according to the Pennsylvania State Police and Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin.

The state police filed a criminal complaint charging Cise, 48, of Dover, N.J., with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and homicide by vehicle, both felonies; driving under the influence of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor; and several motor vehicle code violations.

According to the complaint, a witness following Cise on SR 507 in Palmyra Township saw his vehicle move in and out of its lane of travel. The witness also saw Gabrielle Reuveni running along Route 507.

The witness saw Cise’s truck swerve toward the white line on the roadway near Reuveni, and then strike her, causing her death.

An investigation by a state police collision analysis and reconstruction expert concluded that Cise was traveling approximately 55 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone.

Cise told Troopers that he had just ingested lithium, for which he had a prescription, and two unprescribed painkillers called gabapentin and carabazapine.

A state trooper who is a drug recognition expert examined Cise and concluded he was under the influence of a depressant at the time of his examination.

Troopers then took Cise for a blood test, which revealed the presence of gabapentin. A toxicologist told investigators that gabapentin's side effects include fatigue, drowsiness, dizziness, and blurred vision.

This case demonstrates the tragedy that can happen when someone takes medication not prescribed to them, Tonkin said. He said the charges demonstrate that Cise "recklessly caused the death of Gabrielle Reuveni, a bright young person who was simply enjoying life."

News reports state that Reuveni was valedictorian of her graduating class at Paramus High School in 2010.

Cise is currently being held in the Morris County Jail on unrelated charges. The warrant issued by Magisterial District Judge Jay Rose for Cise will be given to New Jersey authorities to act as a detainer in the event he is released from the New Jersey facility.

Tonkin said Cise will face extradition back to Pike County at a future date.

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