North Bergen man arrested for driving impaired, injuring mother and son in Jersey City

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A North Bergen man was arrested for being driving under the influence of narcotics when he struck two pedestrians – a mother and son – in Jersey City back in the fall, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Summit Avenue and Sherman Place in Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 10:30 a.m., members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Collision Investigation Unit arrested Lawrence Smith, 37, of North Bergen, on two counts of assault by auto while under the influence of narcotics, Suarez said in a statement.

The arrest followed an investigation into a November 23rd, 2019 accident in which he struck two pedestrians in Jersey City. Smith was also charged with driving without a valid driver’s license causing serious bodily injury.

Smith was arrested at the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor in Jersey City without incident. He was processed and transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny.

Specifically, Smith has been charged with assault by auto while under the influence of narcotics, assault by auto while under the influence of narcotics, and driving without a valid driver’s license causing serious bodily injury.

On November 23rd, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Jersey City police officers responded to the intersection of Summit Avenue and Sherman Place on a report of two pedestrians being struck by a vehicle in the area.

Upon arrival, responding officers found that a mother and son — who were pedestrians — were struck by a vehicle at that intersection.

The driver of the vehicle, Smith, remained at the scene of the collision.

The initial investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit found that Smith, who was operating a 2003 Chevrolet Impala, traveling south on Summit Avenue at Sherman Place struck the two pedestrians in the marked crosswalk.

The mother, 50, of Jersey City was unresponsive at the scene and was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center for serious bodily injuries.

The son, age 22, of Jersey City, suffered minor injuries and was transported to JCMC.

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