A city man has been arrested for his alleged role in a car crash that left one person dead and two others seriously injured, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Lawan A. Henry, 23-year-old, was arrested on Sunday. He has been charged with death by auto while driving intoxicated within 1,000 feet of school property, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident involving death, causing death while driving unlicensed, two counts of assault by auto while driving intoxicated within 1,000 feet of school property, two counts of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, and two counts of causing serious bodily injury while driving unlicensed.
Henry was allegedly operating a silver 2008 Cadillac CTS on Broadway between East 30th Street and East 29th Street at around 3:54 a.m. on Sunday. He allegedly crashed into several unoccupied vehicle parked along Broadway.
Authorities said Henry had three passengers in his vehicle. 18-year-old Xavier Ortiz of Paterson died at the scene from his injuries. The other two suffered serious injuries and are receiving treatment at the Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center.
Henry allegedly left the scene after the crash and was driving without a license, authorities said. He could face decades behind bars if convicted on all of the charges. He is being held at the Passaic County Jail.