PATERSON, NJ - A car accident involving a Wayne driver claimed the life of a Paterson man Sunday night, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora.

In a statement, the pair announced that police responded to the area of Ninth Avenue and East 26th Street at approximately 9:30 p.m. in response to a motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles. 

An initial investigation showed that Asanti Cugliari, 22, of Wayne was operating a 2013 Hyundai Genesis and Gustavo Marte, 58, of Paterson, was operating a 2008 Dodge Charger when the vehicles collided in the intersection. Marte was pronounced deceased at the scene. Cugliari remained on the scene, and presented a valid driver’s license.  No other vehicles were involved in this collision.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or to contact the Paterson Police Department Traffic Division at 973-321-1111.