Woman Charged with Assault by Auto, Allegedly Drunk When She Hit Motorcyclist in Garfield, NJ
According to authorities, the 19-year-old suspect was driving a motor vehicle when she slammed into a motorcyclist.
The Garfield Police Department received a call about the accident shortly before midnight. When police officers arrived at the intersection of Semel Avenue and Scudder Street, they saw the accident scene.
The motorcyclist sustained serious injuries, including a spleen injury, in the crash. He was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he received medical treatment for his injuries. He was later listed in stable condition.
Garfield police conducted an investigation and determined that the suspect’s vehicle and the motorcyclist were traveling in opposite directions prior to the collision. At some point, the suspect allegedly made a left turn and cut across the motorcyclist’s path.
According to law enforcement, neither driver was speeding at the time of the accident.
Garfield police suspected that the suspect was intoxicated when the crash occurred, so they administered field sobriety tests at the accident scene. The suspect reportedly failed the field sobriety tests.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was released from police custody with a pending court date.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “19-Year-Old Woman Accused of Assault by Auto, Underage DWI.”