NJ - Driver OD'ing on opioids crashes into gas station, kills 3 people, Wayne, 19 Feb 2019 *Arrest*

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  1. cybervampira

    cybervampira Well-Known Member

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    Driver who was 'overdosing on opioids' crashes into gas station and kills three people | Daily Mail Online

    A man driving an SUV was overdosing on opioids when he smashed his vehicle into a gas station on the side of a New Jersey road on Tuesday, killing a father, his son, and a gas station attendant.

    The driver of a Honda Pilot was heavily under the influence of opioids - so much so that he needed to be revived by Narcan, according to WPIX-TV.

    The driver, who has not been identified, was not injured.

    The gas station attendant has been identified as Lovedeep Fatra, 23.
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    The other two fatalities are a father and his 17-year-old son who were inside a Chevy Camaro that had its roof torn off.

    All three fatalities were pronounced dead at the scene. One of the drivers was rushed to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson for treatment.

    The horrific three-car accident took place at the Delta gas station located alongside Route 23 in Wayne, New Jersey.

    Police received a report about the crash at 8:46am, Passaic County authorities said.

    An eyewitness told WCBS Newsradio 880 that he saw the Honda Pilot smash into the gas station before it hit a Nissan Rogue and a Chevy Camaro.

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    3 dead in NJ crash caused by driver on drugs, sources say


     
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  2. Betty P

    Betty P Well-Known Member

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    How horrible! Those poor people didn't deserve death. Addicts don't have enough common sense to stay out of cars.
     
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    What a tragedy!
     
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    Reasonable & Just United We Stand

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    Holy cow...and the driver was uninjured and revived with Narcan...hard to find compassion right now, but I hope this soul gets clean and uses this new lease on life to make their community better. This will haunt them forever, and rightly so...those three men (one of them 17!) deserved longer lives.
     
  5. Wild Rose

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    This happened right after I got to work nearby. This is an area of commuter traffic. The local LE are fighting continually within local departments to stop the flow of drugs. It is a top priority for them. They must be so sad over this. The area residents are also devastated I am sure. The young gas station attendant was working alone I believe, he must have been such a respectable, hardworking young man to handle the heavy workload by himself in this populated area.
     
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    I wish people who had more than 2-3 drinks within a 4-hour period had enough common sense to not get behind the wheel! These 'Opium Drama' stories bring a lot of attention to the issue, but when I worked in LE (and most recently as a Park Ranger) I noticed that major auto accidents were the result of alcohol; one of the very last that I was called out to involved a 25 year-old man who was driving a high-performance BMW. He has been at a wedding reception from around 6pm until 2am, and was drinking the entire time. He had very little to eat. Family and friends knew he was far too intoxicated to drive, but no one wanted to embarrass him by taking his car keys and thus, forcing him to accept a lift home. Next to the park where I worked there was a small, 2-lane road that heading south went downhill substantially. Toward the bottom of that area the road turned sharply to the left to join with another, more major, road. The speed limit on the 2-lane road was 30mph, but being surrounded by thick woods, people loved to speed through there. Both us and the local Sheriff's Department issued citations there daily - no warnings were given, ever - only tickets. I worked the night shift, and around 0500hrs I get an assistance call from my Lieutenant; to pick up our additional lighting systems (all of them), and to close off that 2-lane road. When I got to the scene it was clear what had happened: The BMW had been travelling at least 100mph down the hill, missed the turn, went through a massive chain-link fence, ran over some smaller trees, and wedged itself between 2 absolutely massive oaks that were around 500 years old each. The care stopped so suddenly between those trees that the vehicle's entire engine was ripped out by inertia and hurled through the car's closed hood, through the woods (taking out huge branches along the way), and tossed into a shallow lagoon about 150' away. Everything loose that was in the car had been thrown through the windshield. The driver was apparently wearing his seat belt, but... As we set up the emergency lighting systems and closed off the area we'd hear coyotes fighting with one another by the wrecked car; growling, yelping, etc. In the darkness we could only see their shadows running out of the car through the missing windshield area - you could see they were carrying 'things' in their mouths. I walked over to the crime scene to see if I could scare the coyotes into dropping these, but when I got to the car and looked in there were about 25 coyotes in the driver's seat scurrying around, but not much more. The task of informing the parents of their son's death fell upon me: "That you for all your help, Ranger Hannah, but we have one question for you; where is our son's body? I handed them a small box full of loose bone." I'd like to say this was the only type of incident like that, but it was one of maybe 12 that year - all due to DUI. I handled one case of an accident involving drugs - the vehicle involved misjudged a turn and went over the shallow embankment and had to be pulled out. It's too bad the DUI's don't get much attention - but oooh, accidents involving drugs ALWAYS do.
     
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    Friends and family remember 17-year-old Luke Warbeck and his father, Jon. Warbeck, 50, and his son were in a Chevrolet Camaro at the Delta Gas Station in Wayne when surveillance video shows a Honda Pilot driving toward them at a high-speed just before 9 a.m.

    The impact of the crash killed the father and son, and a gas station employee, Lovedeep Fatra, 22.

    Jon Warbeck would have celebrated his birthday Wednesday.

    The alleged out-of-control driver, 29-year-old Jason Vanderee, was arrested Tuesday evening and faces several charges, including aggravated manslaughter. Vanderee also faces charges of death by auto while driving intoxicated within 1,000 feet of school property, death by auto, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of hypodermic needles, a disorderly persons offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Community mourns victims in NJ gas station crash as out-of-control driver due in court
     
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    Very true, and any kind of excessive intoxicant, from alcohol to opiods to prescription drugs, could have caused this accident.
     
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    marble Well-Known Member

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    Horrific. Gotten gas there a few times since I pass by that station every weekend. So true, this could have been the result of being under any heavy intoxication. Accidents as terrible as this happen all the time due to drunk driving. Terribly tragic.
     
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    I feel like the opiode crisis has eclipsed the alcohol crisis in younger people. In my area, I see so many repeated overdoses after the antidote is used. I also see so many overdoses that are fatal. It is so prevalent.
     

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