HAMMONTON - Two cars collided head-on Saturday night on Route 54 after both drivers failed to maintain a single lane of travel, police said Sunday.

Cpl. Jay Pinto said that the two vehicles, one traveling north and one traveling south on Route 54 near Chew Road, both left their lanes, causing the accident at 9:18 p.m.

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Mariano Perez, 23, of Hartsville, TN, was driving north in a gray Jeep along with two passengers, while the second driver, Yavet Ciriaco-Alvarez, 27, of Williamstown, was driving a green Pontiac.

Perez suffered a broken nose and his two passengers had minor injuries, Pinto said. All were released from the hospital.

Ciriaco-Alvarez suffered a broken ankle was in stable condition at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, mainland divison.

Both drivers were charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, driving with an open container, and failure to maintain a single lane of travel. Perez was also charged with being an unlicensed driver.

Pinto said the investigation is ongoing and additional criminal charges are pending.  


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