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New Jersey man charged in hit-and-run crash

July 15, 2019 10:06 pm

ASHLAND — A New Jersey man suspected in a hit-and-run accident was charged Saturday night, state police said, as another man was airlifted to Albany Medical Center with a fractured leg.

Carl F. Roth, 49, of Leonardo, New Jersey, was arrested at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, state police said, and charged with second-degree vehicular assault and leaving a serious injury accident, both class E felonies; driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; refusing to take a breathalyzer test, moving from a lane unsafely and failure to stop at a stop sign, all infractions.

State police responded to a two-vehicle personal injury accident at 9:11 p.m. at the intersection of Route 23 and County Route 17, state police Public Information Officer Steven Nevel said.

“Eric Gauthier was lying in a ditch with a broken right leg,” Nevel said. “He was transported by Ashland Ambulance and flown to Albany Med.”

Gauthier was driving a blue Suzuki GSXR motorcycle, which was also in the ditch, Nevel said.

“The other vehicle had left the scene,” Nevel said. “But a license plate was located.”

The plate belonged to a 2011 white Mercedes Benz.

“A deputy located the vehicle with the New Jersey plate,” Nevel said. “It had heavy damage to the front of the vehicle. It was disabled off the roadway in Lexington.”

Roth failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer, Nevel said.

Roth was taken to the state police barracks in Hunter to be processed. He was arraigned in Tannersville Village Court.

He is being held in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bail bond. A court date has not been set.

Gauthier, 49, of Saint-Lin-Laurentides, a small city in Quebec, is listed in stable condition following surgery Monday, Nevel said.

State police, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Ashland Ambulance responded to the scene.