Prosecutor: Guttenberg man charged with assault by auto for high-speed Carlstadt crash

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A Guttenberg man has been charged with assault by auto for a high-speed Carlstadt crash that occurred last week, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced.

Christopher Macias. Photo courtesy of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County

Christopher Macias, 31, of Guttenberg, was charged with assault by auto, as well as receiving motor vehicle summonses for reckless driving and speeding, Musella said in a statement.

His first appearance is scheduled for Central Judicial Processing Court in on Monday, June 21st.

At approximately 12:50 p.m. on June 8, the Carlstadt Police Department responded to the report of a motor vehicle collision in the area of Route 17 South and Hoboken Road.

Responding officers located a 2009 Mini Cooper which collided with the side of a 2020 Chrysler Pacifica. The collision occurred on the highway entrance ramp from Hoboken Road to Route 17 South.

The driver of the Mini Cooper, Macias, was uninjured and remained on the scene. The driver of the Chrysler, a 65-year-old resident of Montgomery, New York, was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.

The ensuing investigation revealed that Macias was operating his vehicle on Route 17 South at a high rate of speed before attempting to navigate the exit ramp to Hoboken Road.

He then lost control of his vehicle, crossed the median separating the exit and entrance ramps, and struck the Chrysler on the driver’s side.

Additionally, Musella thanked thank the Carlstadt Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.