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Woman charged with assault by auto, DWI in Atlantic City crash that injured 2

Woman charged with assault by auto, DWI in Atlantic City crash that injured 2

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ATLANTIC CITY — A Pleasantville woman was charged with assault by auto and driving while intoxicated Thursday night after a fiery crash in the city’s Westside neighborhood that left her and another woman injured.

At 11:02 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a report of a two-car crash with one car smoking, police said in a news release. Officers found a car on fire. The driver, Maria Huichapan-Soto, 44, who was unconscious, had been rescued by an off-duty emergency medical technician.

Angela Nichols, who works at Exceptional Medical Transportation, saw the crash and provided medical aid to Huichapan-Soto until additional medical personnel arrived, police said.

Huichapan-Soto and the driver of the other car, a 26-year-old woman from Atlantic City, were taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Police did not identify the other driver.

Officer Joseph Bereheiko investigated and found Huichapan-Soto was speeding when her car hit the side of the other vehicle, police said. Her driver’s license had been suspended, and police found an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

The city Fire Department extinguished the car fire.

Huichapan-Soto was charged with assault by auto, DWI and several motor vehicle offenses before she was released on a summons with a future court date.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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