Driver pleads guilty in drug-fueled gas station crash that killed father, son & attendant

A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to a drug-fueled car crash that left three people dead in Passaic County.

News 12 Staff

Nov 13, 2021, 2:28 AM

Updated 893 days ago

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A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to a drug-fueled car crash that left three people dead in Passaic County.
Jason Vanderee admitted to driving under the influence of drugs in the February 2019 crash that killed a father, his teenage son and a gas station attendant.
Vanderee admitted that on Feb 19, 2019, he purchased heroin in Paterson, ingested the heroin, and then drove his car recklessly on Route 23 North in Wayne.
Vanderee lost consciousness and crashed into the Delta Gas Station on Route 23. His car crashed into the parked vehicle belonging to Jon Warbeck. Warbeck and his teenage son, Luke, were killed. Vanderee’s vehicle then struck Lovedeep Fantra, who worked at the gas station. Fantra was also killed.
Toxicology reports found that in addition to heroin, Vanderee also had fentanyl, alprazolam and cocaine in his system.
Vanderee pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree aggravated manslaughter and driving under the influence. In exchange for his guilty plea, the state will recommend that Vanderee spend 30 years in prison.
Vanderee is expected to be sentenced on Jan. 27, 2022.


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