Woman charged with DWI after crash caused ejection of 12-year-old

A woman who police say had a suspended driver’s license was charged with DWI after she crashed into the back of a car Friday, causing a child to be ejected on Route 287.

A Lincoln Navigator was traveling north on the expressway in Mahwah when it was struck from behind at 2:49 p.m. by a Chevy Malibu driven by Christine Ryan, 27, of Bartonsville, Pennsylvania, according to New Jersey State Police Trooper Alejandro Goez.

Goez said the Navigator then hit the left guard rail and a 12-year-old in the back seat was ejected.

The child, whose name was not released, was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson with “serious injuries,” Goez said. He did not know the child’s condition as of 11 p.m. Friday.

Goez said the driver of the Lincoln was not injured and a third passenger suffered minor injuries. Ryan was not injured in the crash.

In addition to DWI, Ryan has been charged with assault by auto, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and causing severe bodily injury while operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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