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UPDATE: Lyndhurst Driver Charged in Head-On Crash in Rutherford

Rutherford Lyndhurst

Police in Rutherford have charged the 43-year-old Lyndhurst driver with aggravated assault by auto and possession of heroin following last night’s head-on crash on Route 17.

According to police, officers responded to the 30's block of Route 17 around 10:30 p.m. for a report of a crash.

Police at the scene determined, Soscia Salo, 43, of Lyndhurst, was driving a Dodge Caliber 2008 heading north on Route 17 when it crossed the highway and reportedly slammed into a 2005 Hyundai Accent operated by a 65-year-old Belleville man.

Rutherford firefighters extricated both drivers and ultimately transported them to Hackensack University Medical Center where Belleville man remains in critical condition.

Police charged Salo with fourth-degree assault by auto, possession of heroin, operating of a motor vehicle while in possession of CDS, reckless driving and improper use of a highway or divider.

The remains under investigation.