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Multi-Car Accident Caused by Overdose Behind the Wheel

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Under-the-Influence Driver Kills Three in New Jersey

A man overdosed while driving, causing him to crash into two other cars and damage multiple others in the process. The accident occurred at New York Avenue and Route 23 in Wayne, New Jersey on the morning of February 19th.

According to witnesses, a Honda Pilot driven by 29-year-old Jason Vanderee hit a Chevrolet Camaro, and the collision caused another crash with a Nissan Rogue as well. The accident also caused damage to cars at a nearby Mazda dealership.

Three people were killed in the accident. Jon Warbeck, 50, and his 17-year-old son Luke were in the Camaro that was first hit by the intoxicated driver. Lovedeep Fatra, 23, was killed when a car involved in the accident rolled into the gas station where he worked as an attendant.

Vanderee, who is currently a patient at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, survived the crash. He was given Narcan (naloxone) to treat his overdose at the scene.

Vanderee has been assigned multiple charges, including aggravated manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. This adds to Vanderee’s past legal record of “a November 2016 motor vehicle stop on Interstate 80 in Fairfield, during which he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to turn over drugs to police, operating a motor vehicle in possession of narcotics, possession of a hypodermic syringe and careless driving,” as well as “wrong-way driving on a one way street in Paterson in January of 2018, improper display of plates in April 2018, and careless driving in September 2015,” reports WABC TV.

This accident is just one example of the effects of drug abuse in the United States. In mid-August 2018, Philly Voice reported overdose deaths of 71,500 people in the U.S. during that past year, with death rates rising by 21 percent in New Jersey. Specifically, there are more than eight drug overdose deaths per day. A 10 percent rise in drug overdoses in 2017 contributed to a lowered life expectancy in the United States.

These shocking statistics illustrate the epidemic of drug abuse and resulting overdoses in the United States. Sadly, drug deaths are becoming increasingly common in this country and affecting people across the nation. If you are struggling with drug dependency, Turning Point is here to help.

The Turning Point addiction treatment centers in New Jersey offer rehabilitation services tailored to the needs of each individual. Our treatment methods go beyond the 12-step method and just managing addiction. We strive for the ultimate goal of helping our patients learn effective coping skills, with a combination of individual therapy, group counseling, and educational courses. The Turning Point network also includes detoxification, halfway houses, outpatient treatment, and other resources for people addicted to alcohol and drugs.

Turning Point’s New Jersey-based rehabilitation centers are dedicated to helping those in the grips of addiction. We have locations in Paterson, Verona, and Whitehouse Station — contact us today to learn more.

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