Head-On DWI Crash Off Route 208: One Driver Hospitalized, Other Arrested, Fair Lawn Police Say

Police said a driver was under the influence when his car slammed head-on into another Friday morning just off Route 208 in Fair Lawn, authorities said.

Aftermath. Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving for DAILY VOICE

Witnesses told police that Vadym Yukhno, 58, of Fair Lawn passed several other cars on Maple Avenue coming off the highway ramp toward Glen Rock when his Prius struck a Chevy Malibu in the oncoming lane just shortly after 9 a.m.

The driver of the Malibu, a 43-year-old New Haven, CT woman, was taken to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood with chest and wrist injuries, Sgt. Brian Metzler said.

Police arrested Yukhno after he failed a roadside sobriety test, Metzler said.

They charged him with assault by auto, DWI, reckless driving, careless driving, improper passing and failing to keep right, then sent him to New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus for treatment under John's Law, the sergeant said.

Both vehicles were being towed and Maple Avenue was reopened at Elm Avenue around 9:45 a.m.

Boyd A. Loving took the photos and contributed to this account.

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