PARAMUS, N.J. — A 22-year-old Ridgewood man who was in possession of a fraudulent driver’s license while driving under the influence of heroin is facing charges after his reckless driving caused a fiery chain-reaction crash on Route 4 West late Tuesday morning.
On April 7 shortly before 11 a.m., the Paramus Police and Fire Departments, Rescue Squad, and EMS arrived to the crash scene at Route 4 West between the Garden State Parkway and Paramus Road where they witnessed five vehicles — one of which had flipped over and was engulfed in flames.
Police Chief Kenneth R. Ehrenberg said the vehicle, a Buick Lacrosse, occupied by two Maywood women — one 91-year-old and one 57-year-old — hit a tree and multiple parked cars in the lot of the Jack Daniels Audi before rolling over several times and catching fire.
The vehicle was extinguished by Paramus police officers with help from the Audi dealership staff. The 91-year-old suffered serious injuries while the 57-year-old sustained moderate injuries following the crash and were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment.
Michael Brennan, 22, of Ridgewood, was operating a Toyota Camry with a fraudulent driver’s license and was found semi-unconscious outside his vehicle after he struck several cars and a pole. Police found two packages of heroin in his vehicle. Brennan was revived with Narcan by members of the Paramus police department and the EMS before he was transported to the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center treatment.
An investigation by police determined that Brennan caused the crash after he lost control of his vehicle and struck an SUV occupied by a 46-year-old Englewood woman and a 25-year-old Teaneck woman, both of whom sustained minor to moderate injuries and were transported to The Valley Hospital for treatment.
Brennan then struck the Buick, which proceeded to roll over and crashed into the parked cars and tree.
Brennan was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with Motor Vehicle; Possession of CDS; Possession of Fraudulent Driver’s License; Driving Under Influence; and Reckless Driving. He remains in Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.