Woman Faces DWI, Assault by Auto Charges After Car Accident in Garfield, New Jersey
According to officials, the 19-year-old suspect was driving a car when she hit, and seriously injured, a motorcyclist.
The Garfield Police Department learned about the accident not long before midnight. Police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Semel Avenue and Scudder Street, where they observed the aftermath of the car accident.
The motorcyclist was seriously injured, including damage to his spleen. Emergency responders rushed the victim to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries. Afterwards, the victim was listed in stable condition.
Garfield NJ police officers investigated the accident and came to the conclusion that the suspect’s car and the motorcyclist had been traveling in opposite lanes right before the crash. According to investigators, the suspect caused the crash when she attempted to make a left turn in front of the motorcyclist.
According to law enforcement, neither the driver of the car nor the motorcycle rider was going above the speed limit.
Garfield police officers believed that the suspect was possibly intoxicated when the crash occurred, so they administered field sobriety tests at the accident scene. The suspect allegedly failed the field sobriety tests, resulting in police placing her under arrest.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was released from police custody with a pending court date.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “19-Year-Old Woman Accused of Assault by Auto, Underage DWI.”