Police Charge Bergen County Driver in Drunken Driving Injury Accident

When it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol or prescription medication (drug DUI), the legal system in New Jersey can be very strict regarding sentencing for anyone convicted of DWI. Regardless of whether you live in Atlantic, Ocean, Middlesex or Union County, a drunken driving arrest is nothing to take lightly. Add to that a possible injury accident and most motorists should certainly consider talking to a qualified drunk driving defense lawyer.

As DWI attorneys serving drivers throughout the Garden State, I and my colleagues have vast experience in representing individuals charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), drug DUI (including marijuana possession in a motor vehicle) and breath test refusal. One thing we would suggest to anyone who attends a summer picnic or evening pub gathering is not to drink and drive. Most certainly, do not end up causing a traffic accident if you are in any way inebriated.

Not long ago, a resident of Bergen County found himself on the wrong side of the law when he reportedly crashed his car, injuring himself and all three of his passengers. According to news articles the wreck happened early Sunday morning when 20-year-old Ryuichi Nakada — a resident of Bergenfield, NJ — apparently lost control of his 2007 Nissan along a stretch of Hackensack Ave.

Based on reports, the Altima sedan for reasons unknown at the time of the accident struck a concrete lane divider, then hit a utility pole overturned onto its roof and eventually ended up in a nearby restaurant parking lot. Eye witnesses to the crash told officers that the vehicle was going northbound when it hit the median barrier near the entrance to Route 4 west. Police believed that the driver was drunk at the time of the impact.

The force of the collision injured Nakada and his three passengers, all in their early 20s. According to police reports, two of the victims were in critical condition — one was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ, while the other was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC). Nakada and one of the back-seat passengers were both taken to HUMC. A fifth occupant, who was sitting in the front seat, was treated for apparently minor injuries and then released.

Police reports indicated that the wreck occurred around 3am, however the ultimate destination of the driver and occupants was not immediately known. At the time of the news articles the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office had the driver in custody at his hospital room and planned to charge him with DWI plus three separate charges of aggravated assault.

According to news reports at the time, the three passengers — 20-year-old Michael Doudoujkin, 21-year-old Alvin Cancio and 20-year-old Daniel Hernandez — were all in critical condition. At the time of the reports, the Hackensack Police Traffic Bureau in cooperation with the Fatal Accident Investigation Unit from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office were still investigating the crash.

Driver charged in DWI crash that critically injures 3 from Bergenfield, CliffviewPilot.com, May 22, 2011
3 critically injured in DWI overturned car crash near Route 4, Examiner.com, May 22, 2011
Driver charged with DWI in serious car crash, NorthJersey.com, May 27, 2011