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Driver passes out, runs red light, hits pickup, pedestrian signal and building in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A driver who reportedly passed out, ran a red light and hit another vehicle, struck a pedestrian signal, and finally slammed into a building in Hackettstown early Tuesday morning, police said.

On January 25, at 4:45 a.m., police responded to Budd Lake Bagel & Deli II, located at 333 Mountain Avenue, for a report of a vehicle that struck the building, police said.

Through a police investigation, it was determined that a 2006 Land Rover driven by Jeffrey Heymann, 62, of Washington, NJ (Warren County) was traveling east on Route 57 when he reportedly passed out behind the wheel and drove through the red light at the intersection with Route 182, police said.

The Land Rover then struck a 2016 Dodge Ram driven by Michael Danza, 51, of Mansfield Township, NJ which was travelling south on Route 182 and then Heymann’s vehicle continued through the intersection, struck a pedestrian signal and crashed into the front of Budd Lake Bagel & Deli II, police said.

The crash caused damage to the building and there were no injuries reported, police said.

Heymann was charged with failure to observe a traffic signal and careless driving.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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