Driver Crashes Into Concrete Sign; Continues on Route 46 lands in Median

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Parsippany Hills Police investigating the accident. Photo by Jeff Kramer.

PARSIPPANY — Mildred Fornes, 59, was traveling Route 46 East when she failed to maintain lane striking the concrete island at the entrance to Intervale Gardens, on Friday, May 15 at 7:28 p.m.

The vehicle crashed into the concrete sign at Intervale Gardens. Photo by Jeff Kramer.
The vehicle crashed into the concrete sign at Intervale Gardens. Photo by Jeff Kramer.

She continued driving the vehicle striking a fire hydrant causing the hydrant to enter the lane of travel in the eastbound right lane.

The vehicle also crashed a fire hydrant on the property of Intervale Gardens. Photo by Jeff Kramer.

The vehicle then swerved back onto the shoulder striking the curb then coming to rest on the grass median in the middle of Route 46 past the Waterview Boulevard intersection.

Parsippany Hills Police investigating the accident. Photo by Jeff Kramer.
The sign was also knocked down. Photo by Jeff Kramer.

During the investigation by Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Officer Deloatch said the driver appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance due to the officers observations of slurred speech.

Fornes admitted  to have taken prescribed medication (Gabapentin and Ambien) on a regular basis.

After the vehicle lost its tire it continued down Route 46 East and ended in the median of the highway just past Waterview Boulevard. Photo by Jeff Kramer.

Driver is at fault for failure to maintain lane. She was issued two summons, one for Driving Under the Influence Law (39:4-50) and another for failure to maintain lane (39:4-88).

The 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee was towed from the scene by C & L Towing.

The tire landed next to the tree on the property of Intervale Gardens. The vehicle continued on Route 46 with only three wheels. Photo by Jeff Kramer.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a criminal complaint or summons is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Photos by Jeff Kramer. Source Parsippany-Troy Hills Crash Investigation Report # 2020014415.

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