Distracted Driver Hits Tree; Charged with DWI

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PARSIPPANY — Mr. Raoul Selikson, 58,  was driving a 1999 Green Toyota Camry, traveling North on Baldwin Road in the right turn lane.

He had a green signal and continued North through the intersection of Baldwin Road and Vail Road and failed to make a right turn, traveling through the intersection and striking the curb in front of 540 Vail Road. The vehicle continued over curb leaving the roadway into a landscaped area of property at 540 Vail Road, crashing over a small shrub, and striking a tree where it came to uncontrolled rest.

Mr. Selikson stated he was distracted looking at his radio changing the channel and did not realize he was traveling off the road till he struck the tree. Two witnesses observed the vehicle traveling north on Baldwin Road enter the intersection at a green light and drive through the intersection, failing to turn right, run off the roadway onto the property of 540 Vail Road and crash into a tree.

Both witnesses stated the driver appeared disoriented when they first approached.

Parsippany Patrolman Arthur Ohlsenn determined the crash was caused by Selikson not paying attention, distracted driving, and use of Controlled Dangerous Substance.

The vehicle was towed from the scene by C & L Towing.

He was issued a summons for 39:4-50 and 39:4-50(G)(1).

New Jersey Statue defines 39:4-50: Driving while intoxicated. (a) Except as provided in subsection (g) of this section, a person who operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug, or operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more by weight of alcohol in the defendant’s blood or permits another person who is under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug to operate a motor vehicle owned by him or in his custody or control or permits another to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more by weight of alcohol in the defendant’s blood.

39:4-50(G)(1) Driving with intoxicated on any school property used for school purposes which is owned by or leased to any elementary or secondary school or school board, or within 1,000 feet of such school property;

A court date to appear in Parsippany Municipal Court was set.

Editors Note: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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