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Man facing assault by auto, child abuse charges after head-on crash in Sussex County

BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A driver is facing several charges following a head-on crash last month in Byram Township.

On Feb. 12, township police responded to a head-on crash on Route 206 near Whitehall Hill Road. When officers arrived, police discovered that the drivers of both vehicles had injuries, police said.

While officers were speaking to one of the drivers, who was identified as Kyle D. Smith of Newton, officers smelled marijuana coming from his person and he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, police said.

Both drivers as well as a young child that was traveling in Smith’s vehicle were transported to the hospital for possible injuries. The child was later released from the hospital with minor injuries and turned over to the mother, police said.

Following an investigation, Smith was charged with third-degree assault by auto, fourth-degree assault by auto, child abuse, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane. He was released pending a court appearance.

New Jersey State Police, Stanhope P.D., Hopatcong P.D., Lakeland Emergency Squad, Byram Twp. Fire Department, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office and NJDOT assisted with the investigation.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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