$500,000 bail for woman in trooper's death

Pictured: Trooper Marc Castellano

June 9, 2010 9:58:21 AM PDT
A woman who touched off a search that resulted in the death of a 29-year-old New Jersey state trooper has had her bail raised to $500,000.

Diana Hoffman of Blackwood has a prior criminal record and was determined to be a flight risk at her initial court appearance on Monday.

Authorities say Hoffman abandoned her car Sunday morning on Interstate 195 in Howell.

Trooper Marc Castellano was searching for her on foot when he was hit by another vehicle.

Hoffman has been charged with eluding police, resisting arrest, hindering apprehension and possession of cocaine and heroin.

Monmouth County Executive Assistant Prosecutor Richard Incremona said a charge of false public alarm will be added.

Authorities have not said who hit Castellano.