A teen girl has been accused of child neglect after allegedly overdosing on drugs and causing a car crash on a highway in Gloucester City, New Jersey.
The DUI accident happened on Interstate 76 in Gloucester City, NJ. According to authorities, the driver of the motor vehicle was a 17-year-old individual. There were also two passengers in the vehicle: a 19-year-old Delanco Township NJ man and a five-year-old kid.
When New Jersey State troopers and emergency responders got to the scene of the auto accident, they found the two adults unconscious due to drug overdoses. Police officers administered Narcan, a highly effective anti-overdose drug, to the suspects and revived them.
Paramedics then rushed the suspects to Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
Fortunately, the child suffered only minor injuries in the drugged driving accident.
The teen motorist may be charged with multiple crimes, including child endangerment. It has not yet been determined if the 17-year-old suspect will face charges for juvenile crimes as well.
The 19-year-old passenger in the vehicle faces charges for illegal possession of prescription drugs.
The DCP&P, formerly known as DYFS, was likely notified of the situation because that is standard procedure in New Jersey when authorities suspect possible child abuse or child neglect. It now becomes probable that DCP&P will start an investigation.
For further information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Driver Accused of ODing, Crashing Car with Kid Aboard Is 17-Year-Old Girl.”