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Woman charged with assault by auto in crash which left Port Authority officer critically injured

A Queens woman has been arrested and charged with Assault by Auto after allegedly causing a crash that critically injured a Port Authority Police Officer who was assisting at the scene of a prior motor vehicle accident on Route 139 in Jersey City early Tuesday morning, April 28.

The Officer, Peter Siano, III, remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition at the Jersey City Medical Center.

On April 28,  just after 12:30 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to a motor vehicle accident in which the driver, a 32-year-old New York woman, overturned her vehicle on eastbound Route 139 (depressed highway).

The driver was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center with minor injuries and has since been released.

While Officer Siano and three Jersey City Police Officers were securing the initial crash scene and doing traffic control, another motorist heading eastbound on Route 139 struck the median divider, struck a JCPD radio car, and also struck Officer Siano causing serious bodily injuries.

Two of the Jersey City Police officers also sustained minor injuries.

The alleged driver, Amandeep Tiwana, was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center for examination but has since been released.

On Wednesday, April 29,  at approximately 12:40 p.m., members of the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit arrested Tiwana, 27, of Flushing, New York,  and charged her with Assault by Auto, a fourth-degree crime.

Investigators believe that Tiwana was allegedly traveling “at an excessive rate of speed,” according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

This remains an ongoing investigation.

Tiwana is scheduled to make her first appearance on the Assault by Auto charge in Central Judicial Processing Court in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City at 9 a.m. on May 20.

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is actively investigating this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.

The above charge is merely an accusations. Tiwana is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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