On February 19th 2019, at 8:46am three innocent people were killed by an intoxicated driver in Wayne NJ. The crash occurred on Route 23 North at a Delta Gas Station in the middle of the town when an SUV crashed into the entryway of the gas station hitting a Camaro that was carrying two of the victims, a father and son. A Nissan Rogue was also subjected to being hit in the crash, along with bits of those cars hit damaging cars in the Wayne Mazda lot close by. The driver, 29-year-old Jason Vanderee who lives in Glenwood NJ, was under the influence of opioids at the time of the crash.
One of the three victims was later identified as 22-year-old Lovedeep Fatra who lived in Pequannock. New to the United States from India, Fatra was a gas station attendant who was working at the time when Vanderee crashed into his station. The other two victims were the father and son duo mentioned earlier driving in the Camaro, Jon and Luke Warbeck. Jon Warbeck was a 50-year-old former firefighter from the Carlstadt Fire Department. He resided in Lincoln Park, NJ with his son Luke.
Luke Warbeck was a 17-year-old high school student at Boonton High School, on his way with his father to the DMV to take his drivers test and get his license. When asked what she thought about the event that took place on February 19th Jamie Manley, a Senior at Ramapo commented that “It’s very intimidating and scary to know as a young driver that there are so many intoxicated drivers out on the road with us and we don’t even know.”
The victims were declared dead at the scene and another driver was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center located in Paterson for immediate treatment. Jason Vanderee was arrested on Tuesday and charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated manslaughter, three counts of first-degree death by auto while driving intoxicated within 1,000 feet of school property, three counts of second-degree death by auto, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of hypodermic needles, and possession of drug paraphernalia according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. It has since come out that Vanderee had three DWI charges and many infractions while driving prior to the crash dating back to 2008. The news of this infuriating and upsetting many members of the community and family/friends of the victims.
By: Lizzy Coyne, News Editor
Featured Image: The Delta gas station in Wayne NJ, where the the car crash occurred. (Photo courtesy of Northjersey.com)