SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A dump truck driver who crashed into a house on New Road last month has been charged for driving under the influence along wtih several other charges stemming from the accident. Donald Epps was driving a dump truck when he crashed into a township home on August 14 at around 4 a.m. An investigation conducted by South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety Bureau Officer William Beard determined the 55-year-old Morrisville, PA resident was under the influence of cocaine and fentanyl at the time of the crash. Epps had also not slept for 32 hours prior to crashing into the home.
The dump truck crash caused extensive damage to the South Brunswick Township home. The family was at home asleep during the time of the accident, but the bedrooms were located in the back of the house. None of the residents were injured. Epps was charged with a fourth degree crime of endangering the welfare of another as well.
He was also charged with an array of other infractions including driving while impaired on a commercial driver's license, a DWI within 1,000 feet of a school, use of a commercial motor vehicle during the commission of a crime, reckless driving, having defective brakes, failure to keep right, improper driving on a sidewalk and driving an overweight vehicle on a restricted roadway. Epps faces several other additional equipment violations too according to information released by the South Brunswick Police Department.
“To be under the influence of drugs while driving an 80,000 pound dump truck is reckless and endangers everyone. He destroyed a home where a family was sleeping and but for an act of God this could have been a tragedy," Chief Raymond Hayducka said.
Epps is free on his his own recognizance pending his first court appearance on October 3.