ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP — A former school district official was charged Friday with killing her own son in a drunken car crash Sunday evening.

Debra Boucher, 62, who continues to recover from injuries from the crash, was charged with second-degree death by auto.

Her son James Boucher, 40, died Wednesday, officials said.

Earlier in the week she had been charged with third-degree assault by auto, endangering an incompetent person, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, failure to maintain lanes, failure to wear safety equipment, careless driving and reckless driving.

The assault by auto charge was upgraded after her son's death.

Authorities said Boucher drove her 2001 Chevrolet off Upper Hibernia Road about 9:41 p.m. Sunday.

Both were hospitalized after being taken to Morristown Medical Center via medical helicopter.

Superior Court Judge James DeMarzo, sitting in Morristown, set her bail at $200,000 with no 10 percent option. 

Boucher is the district’s former transportation supervisor. 

Prosecutors ask that anyone with information about the crash to call the Rockaway Township Police Department at 973-625-4000 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200.

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office does not release arrest booking photos of suspects.

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