Defense: Vernon Man Was Too High to Understand Rights After Deadly Crash

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Jason Vanderee was allegedly under the influence of heroin on February 19 when his car crashed into a Delta gas station in Wayne, killing 50-year-old Jon Warbeck, 17-year-old Luke Warbeck, and 22-year-old Lovedeep Fatra.

Now his attorney is arguing that the Sussex County resident "wasn't in the right state of mind" to speak with police after the crash. According to NJ.com, John Latoracca arguing that any statements Vanderee made are inadmissible because of injuries he sustained in the crash.

A Wayne police detective had testified that following the crash he verbally gave Vanderee his Miranda Rights while he was in the hospital instead of giving him a Miranda card. While an ambulance worker testified that she saw what looked like a fresh needle mark on Vanderee's arm and after asking him how much heroin he used that day, Vanderee allegedly said "I don't know."

Vanderee is charged with three counts of aggravated manslaughter and death by auto while intoxicated. His attorney previously filed notice in Superior Court that their defense is self-intoxication that is not self-induced. They claim Vanderee didn't know the heroin he used was laced with fentanyl.

Read the NJ.com story here.

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