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Police: Woman Drove Wrong Way on I-287

The police found her car crashed with the airbags deployed, but the driver had fled the scene.

A Dover woman was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when she drove the wrong way on Interstate 287, crashed her vehicle in Parsippany and fled the scene before being apprehended early Sunday morning, State Police said.

Natasha Salazar, 19, was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure to report an accident, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, obstructing the passage of other motor vehicles, willful abandonment and other lesser motor vehicle offenses, according to State Trooper Christopher Kay, of the Netcong barracks.

According to Kay, troopers received a call after midnight that a car was traveling north on the southbound lanes of Interstate 287.

The troopers found the car with no driver after it had crashed on the side of the highway in Parsippany with both airbags deployed, Kay said. The troopers were able to locate Salazar near the scene of the accident, Kay said.

The incident is still being investigated as of Sunday, according to Kay.

Liz May 09, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Drinking and driving is no joke, wasn't it raining that day, could it be possible she spun out and ended up facing the other direction? She's lucky to be alive, but something doesn't seem right here, how reliable are NJ State Troopers anyway?
samantha May 09, 2012 at 05:27 PM
actually Im not jumping to her defense and im def not 19 years old thanks.
Susie May 09, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I know one of the people in the car that his this girl's car becuase this girl was drunk and abandoned her car. My friend is lucky to be alive. This girl should be charged and put in prison. She has a problem and needs to get it resolved, don't feel sorry for her.
chris May 09, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I wasn't there but i'm really good friends with the couple that hit the car - I think that anyone who defends this person is crazy. She crashes her car is under the influence & justs leaves her car in the middle of the road no lights or flashers. did she try to get her car off the road or do anything to warn oncoming traffic - those are my questions. I shouldn't pass judgement but my friends could have been killed. if this person was sober it would be a totally different story but she wasn't & that's makes me mad. Thank god my friends are alive. I hope the girl who did this will get help & make better choices in the future
barbara May 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM
First of all my opinion on this whole thing is ....she shouldn't have even got into her vehicle and drove point blank ! When I have a drink or two and feel tipsy I won't even get behind my wheel till I know I'm capable to drive....I am a mother ,a daughter ,a sister ,a niece ,a aunt & an a amazing friend !! I just lost an amazing life long friend to a hit & run heartless driver :'( I don't feel sorry for her and I would be damned to take a life thats special to many nor my own for that matter!!. Don't drink and drive end of story !! She knew what she was doing when she got behind that wheel ,she knew how much she drank...scared my ass because she wasn't scared to drive that way in the first place !! Thank god the ppl who hit her abandon vehicle are ok !! She deserves all charges !!. Especially under age drinking !!. And it should be investigated where she got the liquor and they should be charged as well...including AA meetings and drug program !!.

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