A man was charged with driving while intoxicated after causing a five-car crash on Route 3 in Secaucus that injured two people, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
On November 11th, 2022, the Secaucus Police Department responded to Route 3 East on a report of an overturned dump truck along the service road.
Responding units observed a dump truck owned by Jhonatan Trucking, LLC on its side in front of Bareli’s Restaurant with gravel spilled into the parking lot.
Four additional vehicles were involved, including a 2006 Honda Accord, which was found disabled across the main roadway of Route 3 East.
The driver, Cyrus Crayton, 26, of Bogota, was evaluated by EMS on scene for minor injuries.
While at the scene, he exhibited signs of intoxication prompting a search warrant for blood and it was later determined that Mr. Crayton was operating his motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit.
The investigation determined that Crayton, initially traveling along Plaza Center Road in Secaucus, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the curb(s) of Route 3 East, causing his vehicle to become disabled across the three left lanes.
The driver of the dump truck, approached the accident scene in the left lane of Route 3 East and was unable to stop his fully loaded dump truck.
He attempted to avoid the collision by swerving his truck to the right and impacted another vehicle, a 2013 Chevy Malibu, before eventually overturning in the service road. Both drivers suffered injuries as a result of the collision.
An investigation by the Secaucus Police Traffic Bureau revealed that Crayton was operating his 2006 Honda Accord while intoxicated and caused the five-car collision resulting in injuries to two other motorists.
“This arrest is just a representative example of the meticulous work the Secaucus Police Traffic Bureau, under the command of Lieutenant Martin Moreda, puts forth each day, Chief Dennis Miller said. I am thankful no serious injuries were sustained, but this crash reminds us that driving while intoxicated still possess a serious risk to the motoring public,” Miller added.
As a result, Crayton was charged with two counts of assault by auto, DWI, and reckless driving. He was released on summonses, pending his appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court, authorities said.