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Nearly a year ago, a two-car accident on North River Road left one driver trapped inside his car suffering from what would become a permanent hip injury.

Now, the other driver is facing criminal charges.

Allen County prosecutors charged 19-year-old Nicholas A. Bowers on Friday with two felony counts of criminal recklessness and one felony count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance and causing serious bodily injury.

Bowers, from New Haven, is accused of being behind the wheel of a Mercury Cougar that illegally crossed a double yellow line to pass a car on a curve in the 8200 block of North River last Nov. 8.

Bowers drove off the road as he made the pass, overcorrected and then lost control, taking his car into oncoming traffic, according to Allen Superior Court documents.

The car collided with a Honda CRX, leaving that car’s driver trapped inside the car and in critical condition. The driver eventually suffered permanent injury to his hip, court documents said.

A blood sample from Bowers tested by the Indiana State Police showed he had marijuana in his system at the time of the crash, according to court documents.

Witnesses at the scene also said Bowers was speeding, court documents said.