A Paterson man has been charged for a drunken North Bergen crash that badly injured a Pennsylvania man, where the driver’s blood alcohol content was allegedly over two-and-a-half times over the legal limit, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Today, just after 10 a.m., Nathaniel Dickerson, 31, of Paterson, turned himself in to detectives with the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit. Dickerson was charged with assault by auto, a third-degree crime, Suarez said in a statement.
On September 13th, shortly after 3:35 a.m., the North Bergen Police Department responded to 910 Tonnelle Ave. on reports of a single-vehicle collision.
Upon arrival, responding officers found two injured individuals and a single vehicle that had collided with a utility pole at that location.
During the investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the
North Bergen Police Department, it was discovered that a 1999 Nissan Maxima struck a parked 2012 Honda Civic while traveling north on Tonnelle Avenue before finally striking the utility pole.
The investigation also revealed that the Nissan struck a concrete barrier separating the
northbound and southbound traffic before ricocheting across the right northbound lane and
striking the parked vehicle and utility pole.
Dickerson’s toxicology report from the New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences later revealed that his blood alcohol content was 0.205 percent (g/100mL). In New Jersey, the legal BAC is 0.08 percent.
The 31-year-old passenger in the Nissan, a Johnstown, Pennsylvania man, sustained serious bodily injuries after he was ejected from the vehicle upon collision.
Both the passenger and Dickerson, who also sustained injuries, were transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where they were treated for their injuries.
Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the North Bergen Police Department for the investigation and arrest.