Fatal crash in Wayne, New Jersey

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Sister Of Man Killed At Wayne Gas Station: I Don't Have A Brother Anymore

February 20, 2019 - 8:53 am

WAYNE, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- A 29-year-old man from Vernon has been arrested in connection with the deaths of three people at a gas station in Wayne.

Jason Vanderee's car lost control at around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday and plowed into a Delta Gas Station on Route 23 on Tuesday, killing Jon Warbeck, his 17-year-old son Luke and gas station attendant Lovedeep Fatra. 

First responders had to revive Vanderee with Narcan, WCBS 880's Sean Adams reported. Vanderee, a suspected drug addict, overdosed before the fatal crash, Adams reported.

Wednesday would have been Jon Warbeck's 51st birthday. "I don't have a brother anymore," Toni Smith said through tears.

"I understand that that is an illness, so there is a part of me that has to be compassionate towards it, but still," Smith said. "And so for my soul and my family's we're going to have to work really hard to make this something positive."

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.

Wayne gas station memorial
Sean Adams
"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.

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

The investgation is ongoing.

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