According to NorthJersey.com, a Newark man whose license was suspended 41 times was allegedly intoxicated when he drove a vehicle in the wrong direction on Route 46 and struck another vehicle head-on, seriously injuring a 25-year-old woman on March 12 in Elmwood Park.
The injured victim, a Lyndhurst resident, was a passenger in the vehicle struck by the allegedly intoxicated driver. She was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she was in serious condition as of last week.
According to NorthJersey.com, Steven Baker, 28, was driving his Mitsubishi GS west on Route 46 eastbound near Henry Street at 1:30 a.m., when it struck a vintage 1970 Mercury Cougar driven by a 25-year-old male.
Two other drivers on the roadway who happened to pass the accident managed to pull the injured passenger from the Cougar before it burst into flames, according to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli.
Baker’s license has been suspended since 2006, according to prosecutors. He has been charged with third-degree assault by auto and fourth-degree driving while suspended and being involved in a serious bodily injury motor vehicle collision. He also faces summonses for driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended and reckless driving, according to NorthJersey.com.
The website reported that Baker’s driving history includes 41 suspensions, most of them for failing to appear in court, and 10 motor vehicle violations.
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KGG’s Corner: 18.9 percent of New Jersey residents ages 12 to 20 admitted to binge drinking over the previous month in a 2011 survey.