Driver In Deadly 3-Car Crash In Wayne Was Reportedly High On Drugs

February 19, 2019 - 3:54 pm

WAYNE, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Prosecutors confirm three people, including a father and son, were killed in a multi-vehicle crash in New Jersey that may have been caused by drugs.

The crash happened around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at Route 23 and New York Avenue in Wayne.

Prosecutors said a Honda Pilot, Nissan Rogue and a Chevrolet Camaro were involved in the crash. 

Witness Tito Krishnamurthy said he saw the Honda barrel into the Delta Gas Station before hitting the Nissan Rogue and Camaro. The Honda then went airborne, striking a gas station sign before landing and catching fire.

"There was a gas station sign which was about 12 or 15 feet in the air, it hit the sign and then spun over and landed. I looked and I saw flames under the car," Krishnamurthy said.

He grabbed a fire extinguisher and put the flames out before going back over to the Camaro where he saw two people, a father and his teenage son, lifeless, WCBS 880's Mack Rosenberg reported.

"Police arrived and we tried to open the door, but we could'nt open the door. That's when we gave up," Krishnamurthy said.

A gas station attendant in his 20s was also killed, Krishnamurthy tells WCBS.

"The gas station attendant was crumpled on the floor and I knew right away there was nothing I could do to help him," he said.

Reports indicate the driver of the Honda had overdosed prior to the crash and was administered narcan at the scene.

Authorities said one driver is being treated at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office at 1-877-370-PCPO.