Man Charged With DWI in NJ Crash That Injured Girl, 2 Women

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli announced Saturday that Esaian Vazgen of Brooklyn faces numerous charges, including drug possession and 3 counts of assault by auto

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    Police released this photo of Vazgen.

    Prosecutors in New Jersey say a New York City man was intoxicated when his car rear-ended a parked vehicle, injuring a young girl, her mother and her grandmother.
     
    Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli announced Saturday that Esaian Vazgen of Brooklyn faces numerous charges, including drug possession and 3 counts of assault by auto.
     
    The charges stem from a crash in Moonachie on Thursday afternoon.

    Molinelli says Vazgen was driving on Moonachie Road when he lost control of his vehicle, which left the roadway and went onto a sidewalk before hitting a parked car operated by Michelle Brattoli. At that time, Brattoli's 9-year-old daughter was getting out of her mother's vehicle with the help of her grandmother, Concetta Palmieri, who was standing on the sidewalk.
     
    The two women suffered internal bleeding, numerous fractures and other serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The girl, whose name was not released, was treated for minor injuries.
     
    Vazgen was also hurt in the accident, but further details on his condition were not disclosed Saturday.

    Besides the DWI and assault by auto counts, Vazgen is also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and numerous motor vehicle violations.

    It was not known Saturday if Vazgen has retained a lawyer, and a telephone number for him could not be located. He's scheduled to make his first appearance in Moonachie Municipal Court on June 18.

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