Jason Vanderee, 29, was charged Tuesday after he plowed his car into a New Jersey gas station and killed three people, officials said.
(Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office)
A New Jersey driver who plowed into a gas station, while he was allegedly a drug overdose, the killing of a teenager and two others on Tuesday, reportedly has a history of reckless driving and drug-related costs.
Jason Vanderee, 29, was charged Tuesday, qualified manslaughter, death by auto and death by auto while driving within 1000 feet of school property, NJ.com reported. He is also facing a slew of drug-related costs.
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Vanderee was driving around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, when he plowed his vehicle into a Delta gas station in Wayne on “high speed.” Video obtained by PIX11 found the vehicle allegedly driven by Vanderee ripping off the roof of a car, killing Jon Warbeck, 50, and his 17-year-old son. A gas station attendant, Lovedeep Fatra, 22, was also killed.
The 29-year-old, who survived the crash, was reported to be an opioid overdose and paramedics revived him with naloxone on the scene, PIX11 reported.
Vanderee has a history of drug abuse and was previously arrested for reckless driving and DUI, which lead to a license suspension.
He was charged in 2016 with DWI, not to switch drugs over to the police, driving a motor vehicle in the possession of narcotics, possession of a hypodermic syringe and careless driving likely to endanger person or property, NJ.com reported. He pleaded guilty to the DWI is responsible and had the licence suspended for seven months.
The other charges were dismissed.
He was also accused of it in 2015 with careless driving and paid a $539 fine. In 2018, the data showed Vanderee was issued a citation for driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
Vanderee was open about his battle with drug addiction on social media. In August 2017, he posted on his Facebook page that he was celebrating 100 days sober. His license reinstated two months later.
Vanderee’s former girlfriend also told NJ.com the 29-year-old was about eight months sober prior to the crash.
“He never had problems with getting sober,” she told the news site Wednesday. “He had trouble staying sober.”