Driver Doesn’t Remember Fatal Drugged Driving Crash
According to the New York City Police Department, each month, there are 100 car accidents that involve alcohol or drugs. On average, a quarter of those accidents are fatal. Those who drove while intoxicated can be held responsible for the damages that they caused, however, New York State Insurance Law §5103 allows for insurance companies to disclaim or refuse coverage when a driver is involved in a DUI accident. This means that while you can sue the driver personally, anyone affected by a DUI crash may not be able to recover compensation from their injuries that result from an accident. Keep in mind that a DUI need not be alcohol-related. Other prescription and illicit drugs can result in a DUI as well.
NBC New York reports on the first court appearance for a New Jersey man accused in a fatal drugged-driving crash in Wayne, New Jersey.
Last Tuesday, 29-year-old James Vanderhee was allegedly high on drugs when he crashed into a Wayne, New Jersey gas station, killing three people.
Vanderhee is facing charges of death by auto while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance, and aggravated manslaughter, as well as other charges in relation to the deadly crash.
In the court appearance on Monday, prosecutors revealed that Vanderhee’s urine tested positive for opiates, benzodiazepine, and cocaine. The prosecution argued that Vanderhee not be released while awaiting trial. The defense did not object to this recommendation.
Vanderhee was administered Narcan at the scene. According to his attorney, Vanderhee has struggled with addiction to heroin and other drugs for 10 years. He also stated that Vanderhee does not remember the crash but feels profound remorse for those that were killed.