Bergen County Drunk Driving Crash Sends New Jersey Postal Employee to Hospital

An allegedly drunk out-of-state driver caused a severe traffic accident in Closter, New Jersey, when he blew past a stop sign in his SUV and struck a sedan driven by a career postal employee, sending that man to the hospital with multiple injuries. The DWI traffic accident occurred today at West Street and Harrington Avenue where Kevin Greutert, 57, ended up being pinned in his vehicle until rescue workers could get him free and transported to Hackensack University Medical Center.

According to police reports, Patrick Martin Doyle, a resident of New York, was moving south on West Street in a white Nissan Pathfinder. As he approached the Harrington Avenue intersection, he apparently didn’t notice the stop sign and slammed into an Oldsmobile sedan being driven eastbound by Greutert, a resident of River Edge, NJ.

Greutert, a 30-year employee with the U.S. Postal Service, suffered a fractured pelvis and a collapsed lung, as well as a number of other minor injuries, according to Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor John Higgins, who also heads the county’s Fatal Accident Unit.

Detectives with the office who followed the ambulances to the hospital later obtained a warrant for Doyle’s arrest on charges of assault by auto in a school zone. Doyle, who was later released, had blood drawn to test for drugs or alcohol in his system. The suspect also received several motor vehicle summonses and is currently free on $50,000 bail pending his first court appearance. The results of toxicology tests on Doyle’s blood are still outstanding.

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Drunk-driving arrest in serious North Jersey crash, Examiner.com, June 15, 2009