Ridgewood Man Charged with Assault by Auto for Franklin Lakes Crash

Bergen County officials announced the arrest of Mr. George Hill, 47, of Ridgewood on a charge of Assault By Auto.

Officials said at 8:01 p.m. on Sunday, the Franklin Lakes Police Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash at the Indian Trail Club located at 830 Franklin Lake Road.

Upon arrival, officers observed a 2005 Jeep Wrangler with passenger-side damage resulting from a collision with a tree.

Police say Hill was the uninjured driver and standing outside of the vehicle.

The front-seat passenger, a 40-year-old female from Ridgewood, was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center with serious injuries where she remains in stable condition.

Police say no other vehicles were involved in the collision.

As a result of the investigation, Hill was charged with one count of Assault By Auto, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1c(2), a 3rd-degree crime, as well as motor vehicle violations for Driving While Intoxicated, in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-50 and Reckless Driving, in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-96.

He is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on Friday, July 3rd.

Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the