An allegedly drunken man crashed his car on the Bayonne Bridge early this morning, sending his front seat passenger through the windshield, and fleeing on foot until he was arrested by authorities in Staten Island, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Eliezar Delgado, 30, of Bayonne, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury, vehicular assault, obstructing governmental administration, driving while intoxicated and refusal to take a breathalyzer test, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.
At about 4:00 a.m. this morning, Port Authority police received a report of a single vehicle accident northbound on the Bayonne Bridge, officials said.
It was reported that the driver abandoned the vehicle, which contained four passengers, and fled on foot. Port Authority police located the driver, who had a bloody face, on the northeast corner of Hooker Place and Morningstar Road in Staten Island, authorities said.
The officer noticed that the driver had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. He was placed under arrest by a member of the Staten Island Bridge Command and was transported to Staten Island University Hospital North, police said.
All four passengers in the driver’s badly damaged Audi were injured and removed to Richmond University Medical Center, officials said.
A 55-year-old woman who was seated in the front passenger seat was reportedly catapulted through the windshield as a result of the accident, authorities said.
She sustained several rib fractures, both feet were broken, a broken nose, a broken left wrist and injuries to her face, while the three back seat passengers, all males in their 20’s, sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
As a result of the accident, the bridge was closed in both directions until 9:30 a.m.