Driver Overdoses and Crashes Car into Pennsylvania Home, Killing Family Dog

January 1, 2018 Updated: January 1, 2018    

A driver overdosed and crashed his vehicle into a Bucks County, Pennsylvania, home and injured a man and killed a family pet, according to police.

The driver of a red Honda Civic was unconscious when he left the road, hit a tree stump, went airborne, hit a fence, and then smashed into the glass doors of a home on Gun Road in Levittown, 6ABC reported.

A man in the house was sitting near the door when it flew on top of him and hit him in the head, officials said.

The man’s wife ran across to a neighbor for help. The neighbor helped get the door off the man, and he was taken to a nearby hospital, officials told 6ABC.

“I just ran across the street and she was more concerned about her husband Mr. Jim,” said neighbor Vincent Gonzalez. “He was bleeding from the head and the young man who was in the car was still in the car unconscious.”

“Apparently he was sitting in a La-Z-Boy chair right behind the door when the car came in,” said Bristol Township Police Sgt. Tom Gaffney of the scene. “He had a head laceration and was bleeding pretty profusely.”

The family’s yellow Labrador retriever escaped from the home during the crash. It was then hit by another car. The driver of that car left the scene of the accident, officials said.

“It’s just adding insult to injury. They’re hurt. They’re property’s hurt. They were doing nothing wrong. And on top of all that, they lose their pet. How much worse can it get for them?” asked Gaffney, according to the ABC affiliate.

The driver of the car that crashed into the home was revived with the opioid-reversal agent Narcan. He was taken to a nearby hospital. Officials said, however, that he’ll likely face a number of other charges.

According to Drugabuse.gov, Naloxone, or Narcan, “is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.”

And a report from HHS.gov said that in 2015, 12.5 million people in the United States misused prescription opioids, 33,000 died from overdosing on opioids, 12,989 died from heroin overdoses, and 15,281 died from overdosing on commonly prescribed opioids.

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