Vernon Man Unknowingly Ingested Fentanyl Before Wayne Crash that Killed 3

Heroin syringe needle with heroin and cocaine powder

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A Vernon man accused of killing three people in February after his car crashed into a Wayne gas station unknowingly ingested fentanyl-laced heroin before getting behind the wheel. According to the New Jersey Herald, Jason Vanderee also had cocaine and benzodiazepines in his system at the time of the crash and first responders had to use a dose of Narcan to reverse the effects of a drug overdose.

On the day of the crash Vanderee lost consciousness while driving, causing his Honda Pilot to veer off Route 23 and into a Delta Gas Station, killing a father and son that were in a Chevrolet Camaro and a gas station attendant.

The 29-year-old pleaded not guilty to a 12-count indictment in May and his attorney, John Latoracca, told the Prosecutor's Office that if the case goes to trial he will use an involuntary intoxication defense. Latoracca said the person that sold the laced heroin to Vandereee "bears moral, if not legal, responsibility for the victims' deaths."

Vanderee's next court date is set for July 15.

Read the NJHerald.com story here.

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