Tests find drugs in victims of fatal Pine Beach crash

Preliminary toxicology tests show three people killed in a high speed crash that left a hole in a Pine Beach school had drugs in their

PINE BEACH - Preliminary toxicology tests show three people killed in a high speed crash that left a hole in a Pine Beach school had drugs in their blood.

However, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford says it's not clear whether the drugs contributed to the crash.

Ford announced yesterday that metabolized cocaine and a narcotic painkiller (oxycodone) were found in the driver, Matthew Budesa, 20, and in his passengers, Kimberly VanGorden, 20, and Matthew Witzgall, 21.

Ford said the metabolized cocaine levels are consistent with cocaine use two or three days prior to the Feb. 3 accident at the Pine Beach Elementary School.

The prosecutor said the painkiller found in the driver was at therapeutic levels and officials can't say the 20-year-old was under the influence at the time of the crash.

Tests did not find any alcohol in the victims.

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