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Chatham Woman Faces Assault Charges for Serious Head-On Crash

Charges upgraded based on serious injuries suffered by other driver and alcohol being a contributing factor, police said.

A Chatham Borough woman faces additional charges for a drunken driving crash on River Road in March that seriously injured another driver, police said.

Marcia Salazar-Cerdas, 22, was charged Friday with aggravated assault and aggravated assault by auto stemming from the March 2 head-on crash in the 700 block of River Road.

Salazar-Cerdas was initially charged after the crash with driving while intoxicated, careless driving and failure to maintain lane of travel.

Detective Scott Herchick's investigation resulted in the additional charges last week based on the serious injuries sustained by the other driver and alcohol being a contributing factor, according to Police Chief Steven Hennelly.

According to police, Salazar-Cerdas was traveling eastbound on River Road, crossed the center lines and struck a vehicle heading westbound at about 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 2.

The case has been transferred to the Morris County Superior Court.
Mike May 14, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Is this woman in the country legally?
binuc52 May 15, 2014 at 08:26 AM
I find your comment seriously offensive. It should be flagged as inappropriate and deleted. I have been in this country since 1954 but from my name, you will assume I am here illegally. Perhaps you should investigate criminal stats involving "good old Americans"
heretoolong May 14, 2014 at 01:17 PM
why would you even ask that? Nothing in the article would indicate otherwise.
Mike May 14, 2014 at 02:04 PM
Just wondering. 36,007 convicted criminal aliens freed from ICE custody in many instances had multiple convictions. Among them, the 36,007 had nearly 88,000 convictions, including: 193 homicide convictions (including one willful killing of a public official with gun) 426 sexual assault convictions 303 kidnapping convictions 1,075 aggravated assault convictions 1,160 stolen vehicle convictions 9,187 dangerous drug convictions 16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions 303 flight escape convictions
justanobservation May 14, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Thank you for the cut-and-paste statistics in your reply, but not only was your principal question weird and out of line, but there are millions of legal immigrants and born-here citizens who have names that reflect their heritage.

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