Charges filed in Wallace School crash in Hoboken

According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, Alessandro Mautone, age 23, of Holmdel has been charged in relation to a car crash outside of Wallace Elementary School on Thursday evening, Oct. 26, which injured a 13-year-old boy.

Mautone was charged with two counts of assault by auto, possession of CDS heroin, being under the influence of drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He also received several motor vehicle offenses include driving under the influence, DUI in a school zone, unlicensed driver, failure to observe signal, reckless driving, and having drugs in a motor vehicle.

The release stated, verbatim: “Officers responded to the area of 11th Willow Avenue on a report of a motor vehicle accident. Officer Albert, Sgt Rotondi and Sgt Olivera arrived to find several other agencies assisting a driver who was trapped inside his vehicle. The driver of a 2005 GMC struck a metal fence near the school playground after colliding with 2016 Honda on Willow Avenue. The GMC came to rest partially on the sidewalk while the rest hung over onto the playground area several feet off the ground. The Hoboken Fire Department along with Port Authority and EMS were able to remove the driver from the vehicle. Once removed from the vehicle, Sgt Rotondi was able to observe several wax folds of suspected CDS Heroin in the vehicle. These items were retrieved as evidence. The driver was then transported to the Jersey City Medical Center for treatment. The Hudson County Regional Fatal Collision Unit assisted in the investigation.

“Those injured due to the accident were a 13 year old boy and the driver of the Honda. They were both transported to Hoboken University Medical Center where they received treatment for their injuries. It did not appear that either injured party suffered serious injuries and were expected to recover. The mother of the juvenile was contacted and advised of the incident.

“Officer Zeszotarski, a Drug Recognition Expert, was advised by Sgt David Olivera to perform several tests on the driver in order to determine whether he was under the influence of any narcotics. Officer Zeszotarski performed several tests and concluded that the driver was [allegedly] under the influence of a narcotic while driving. Once treated at the hospital, he was transported to headquarters where he was processed. A warrant complaint was generated and he was later remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Facility.”