ANOTHER CVP SCOOP: A 64-year-old Mahwah man was drunk when his pickup truck struck and critically injured a Rockland County bicyclist late yesterday afternoon, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said today in announcing DWI assault charges against him.
Thomas Rinaldi was released on $25,000 bail pending a 9 a.m. first appearance tomorrow in Mahwah Municipal Court, the prosecutor said. He was also issued summonses for DWI and reckless driving.
CLIFFVIEW PILOT reported yesterday that Rinaldi was taken to a local hospital to give a blood sample after his truck hit 62-year-old Francisco Perez of Suffern on Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202) just after 4:30 p.m.
Mahwah EMS and paramedics from the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood took Perez to the grounds of the Sheraton Crossroads Hotel, where AirMed One picked him up and flew him to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center a little less than an hour later, they said.
He remained in critical condition there today, Molinelli said.
Rinaldi was headed south on Ramapo Valley road in his 1990 Dodge Ram pickup when he made a sharp left onto North Railroad Avenue.
The pickup crossed into the northbound lane, where it struck Perez head-on, Molinelli said.
Perez sustained a broken leg and head trauma after hitting it on the pavement.
Officers who spoke with Rinaldi immediately took him into custody, the prosecutor said.
The resulting investigation by members of his Fatal Accident Investigation Unit (FAIU) and Mahwah police lead to the charges.