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Sussex County man sentenced to 30 years in prison in connection to 2019 motor vehicle crash that killed 3 people

PATERSON, NJ (Passaic County) – A Sussex County man was sentenced to 30 years in state prison for the February 19, 2019 motor vehicle crash that killed three people in Wayne Township, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said.

Judge Marilyn C. Clark on Friday sentenced Jason Vanderee of Vernon Township to three 10-year-terms which will run consecutively to one another for a total of 30 years and he must serve 85% of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole. Additionally, each count carries with it 5 years of parole supervision which will also run consecutively, for a total of 15 years of parole supervision upon his release from state prison, Valdes said.

Vanderee pled guilty on November 12, 2021 to three counts of Aggravated Manslaughter, first-degree, as well as Driving Under the Influence, Valdes said.

At the time of his plea, Vanderee admitted under oath that on February 19, 2019, he purchased heroin in Paterson and thereafter ingested the heroin and drove his motor vehicle recklessly on Route 23 North in Wayne Township, Valdes said.

Vanderee further indicated that as a result of his ingestion of heroin, he lost consciousness and control of his vehicle, which left the roadway and careened into the Delta Gas Station located at 1220 Route 23 North. While airborne, his vehicle struck two other vehicles that were parked at the gas pumps, as well as the gas attendant, Lovedeep Fatra, Valdes said.

One of the vehicles was occupied by three females that suffered no injuries. The other was occupied by father and son, Jon and Luke Warbeck, who were killed in the collision, Valdes said.

After striking the Warbeck’s vehicle, Vanderee’s vehicle struck and killed Fatra before coming to final rest in front of a car dealership adjacent to the gas station, Valdes said.

Vanderee admitted that at the time of the collision, he was under the influence of heroin, fentanyl, alprazolam, and cocaine, Valdes said.

Jay Edwards

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