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N.J. Man Charged With Assault, DWI After Crash That Critically Injured Suffern Man


Date: September 15, 2014

MAHWAH, N.J. – On Wednesday, a Suffern man was in serious condition after being struck by a truck driven by a suspected DUI driver.

On Tuesday morning, 62-year-old Francisco Perez was riding a bicycle on Ramapo Valley Road almost a mile into New Jersey when he was hit by a 1990 Dodge Ram near North Railroad Avenue, said Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli.

According to the authorities, Perez fell from the bike and hit his head. He was rushed to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, where he was admitted.

Molinelli said the driver; Thomas Rinaldi, was taken into custody at the accident spot after police found that he was driving under the influence. Rinaldi was charged with assault by auto, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and several vehicle violations.

According to investigators from Molinelli’s office and the Mahwah Police Department, Rinaldi was driving south on Ramapo Valley Road when he made a sharp left turn onto North Railroad Avenue, crossing into the northbound lane and hitting Perez head-on.

The 64-year-old submitted to toxicology testing and was summoned to Mahwah Municipal Court, where bail was set at $25,000. He was later released after posting 10% of the total in cash.

On Thursday at 9 a.m., he has to return to the court.

News Source: www.Lohud.com

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Attorney James A. Abate practices Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Business Litigation, Real Estate & Personal injury cases in Union County, New Jersey.