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Ridgewood Driver Revived with Narcan after Multi Car Crash on Route 4

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Paramus NJ,  medics revived a Ridgewood man at the scene  of a multi-car crash on Route 4 on Tuesday using Narcan. The Tuesday multi-car crash on Route 4 resulted in the arrest of a Ridgewood man who was charged with DWI, and possession of what appeared to be heroin. In addition to DWI and possession, Brennan was also charged with aggravated assault by motor vehicle, reckless driving and possession of a fraudulent driver’s license.

According to Paramus Police, Michael Brennan, 22,  of Ridgewood was driving west on the highway Tuesday morning near the Garden State Parkway when he struck multiple vehicles and sent another car into a tree, causing it to roll over several times and crash into a parked car.

Officers arrived shortly before 11 a.m. on Tuesday  to find Brennan outside his vehicle in a state of semiconsciousness,  emergency responders administered Narcan and took Brennan to Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, where he remains.

19 thoughts on “Ridgewood Driver Revived with Narcan after Multi Car Crash on Route 4

  1. what a waste of emergency personnel having to tend to this junkie with all thats going on with innocent people

  2. Hey anonymous- do you kiss your mother with that mouth? Eat a bag of shit and keep your mouth shut when you know nothing.

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  3. 1st anonymous poster . . . it’s obvious that you do not know this young man or his family. What happened is a terribly tragedy but this family one of the best I have known in my life; good, hardworking people who do not deserve your uninformed, hateful vitriol. I’ve known the young man most of his life, and while I do not claim to know how he got to where he is now, I know at his core he is a good, smart, decent human being worthy of our love and support. It’s ironic that you mention “waste of emergency personnel” as this family, including the young man involved, have served our Ridgewood community as emergency personnel. This family has given much to Ridgewood and now is the time to support them, not beat them down, as they work through this horrible disease and tragedy.

  4. “Eat a bag of shit and keep your mouth shut…”
    do YOU kiss your mother with that mouth?
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  5. I don’t see any commenters expressing concern for the FOUR innocent victions: 2 innocent victims from the buick that was hit= According to published reports 2 women, one 91 the other 57. The 91 year old suffered serious injuries and the 57 year old suffered moderate injuries and both were taken to Hackensack medical center. 2 other innocent victims in a toyota highlander, both women, 46 and 25 were taken to the Valley hospital with minor to moderate injuries. While anon #2 and # 3 defend the junkie, my concern is for the innocent victims impacted by his actions. Life is all about choices and the heroin user made his, and he needs to face the consequences of his actions. These 4 innocent victims were minding their own business and their lives will be forever changed.

  6. I think the phrase “what happened is a terrible tragedy” addresses the four innocent people who were hurt. I think it goes without saying that everyone cares about those victims. And I don’t see #2 & 3 as “defending” anyone’s action but just asking for compassion in light of a terrible situation for ALL involved. It also goes without saying that the heroin user will face the consequences of his actions. he is looking at significant jail time for the aggravated assault charge.

  7. Its a terrible situation for the victims. Not ‘all’. I remember last year driving on Route 23, past the scene of a gas station where some junkie crashed into the gas pumps killing a father and his 17 year old son, along with a gas station attendant. I’m a bit tired of including sympathy for those whose actions caused injury or death to others. I’m sure the junkie has a nice family but that in NO WAY excuses the actions or diminishes what has happened. Innocent people have the right to go about their lives without being injured, maimed or killed by lawbreakers who made the CHOICE to use illegal drugs. Make a choice, suffer the consequences.

  8. I’m with the first commenter. Waste of emergency services. OD and die, loser.

  9. Unfortunately this may turn out to be a death sentence for the 91-year old. Limited options for surgery and/or rehabilitation depending on her situation. Unrelated to a car accidents, my grandmother broke just one bone in her 90s (a fall) and sadly it let to a downward spiral and death. I hope this lady can recover but for sure her mobility will never be the same.

  10. He may have a good hardworking family but the fact is he almost killed people by taking heroin and driving. I remember the Route 23 incident also – tragedy. This could have been prevented

  11. Heroin OD’s, Ridgewood’s dirty little secret that doesn’t come up at cocktail parties.

  12. Taking heroin is NOT a disease its a choice

  13. Addiction is a disease, though clearly, it is an impossible task to convert the ignorant, and I believe more and more – simply not worth the effort. Ridgewood doesn’t have “secrets” about addiction; if I’m not mistaken, the nation is suffering from this affliction fairly publically. Your close-mindedness, and your intolerance, and your ignorance, informs the world you offer to these young people; is it any wonder?? May you rot without sympathy, as you have shown none yourself – all of you on your seemingly high, yet pathetically low, and envious horses.

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    1. Cancer is a disease. Parkinsons is a disease. People don’t choose to get diseases. Junkies CHOOSE to be junkies. And unlike people with diseases who didn’t ask for them, junkies kill innocent people by their FREE choices.

      1. Hey butthole,

        For the record, this young man has been working hard and doing great in recovery. He finished up his difficult college degrees and is a hard-working, contributing member of OUR society. Those who know him are VERY proud of him and his family for the dignified way they have moved forward despite people like yourself trying to beat him down.

        You should be ashamed of yourself searching for, and commenting on, something that happened more than two years ago. Sounds as if you have a grudge against this fine family.

  14. Addiction is NOT a disease.
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    Just like Marijuana is NOT medicine.
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    Just like gender cannot be decided by an individual.
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    #commonsense
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  15. Touche!

  16. Seems like there are a lot of ignorant people commenting who don’t know the well-known science of addiction. Why don’t you all do your research and find a little more compassion and empathy for this young man. I’m a frontline healthcare provider (a critical care nurse) and it’s clear to me that this young man needs support and guidance and an opportunity to start over again. Underneath this tragic occurrence remains a young person who has his whole lifetime ahead of him. As people in his community we can shame him or we can show him a path to a better future. He can turn this moment around – go to rehabilitation, get intensive therapy, get professional attention from addiction specialists and therapists. It’s people like this, that with the right professional help, turn themselves around and even help other young people who struggle with addiction, depression, etc.

    We live in a crazy world where the youth is neglected, isolated, and overwhelmed by bad influences from social media to their role models; highly addictive drugs run rampant no matter where you live or how wealthy your neighborhood is…why don’t we try to fix the root of these problems instead? The youth is vulnerable and instead of supporting the youth and showing them another way, they get shamed. Instead of kicking him when he’s already down and lost, maybe we need to ask ourselves how are we as a society failing Michael?? How can we give young people support to overcome addiction? How can we prevent children and young adults from trying drugs to begin with? How can we equip them with better coping mechanisms?! These are the questions we should be asking! This is how we prevent future harm. Not by shaming him. Not by blasting his reputation and self image perpetually on the internet like barbarians. He made a mistake that held especially high consequences…you don’t think he carries guilt every single day? He needs professional help…and those that misunderstand drug addiction need to do their homework on the topic from scientific, credible sources and practice compassion and empathy. We all make mistakes and we all need help getting back up when we fall. How are your insults at all helpful?

    Deep down Michael is a good, kind, intelligent person who needs support and community.

    Michael, if you ever read this…I believe in your ability to be better. I believe you can find happiness again. I believe you will overcome your addiction from these extremely potent and overpowering drugs. You can change your course. Seek the help you need and know that some people are rooting for you to become the person you were meant to be. I believe in your ability to change. You are not alone.

  17. Seems like there are a lot of ignorant people commenting who don’t know the well-known science of addiction. Why don’t you all do your research and find a little more compassion and empathy for this young man. I’m a frontline healthcare provider and it’s clear to me that this young man needs support and guidance and an opportunity to start over again. Underneath this tragic occurrence remains a young person who has his whole lifetime ahead of him. As people in his community we can shame him or we can show him a path to a better future. He can turn this moment around, go to rehabilitation, get intensive therapy, get professional attention from addiction specialists and therapists. It’s people like this, that with the right help, can turn themselves around and even help other young people who struggle with addiction, depression, etc. We live in a crazy world where the youth is neglected, isolated, and overwhelmed by bad influences from social media to their role models; highly addictive drugs run rampant no matter where you live or how wealthy your neighborhood is…why don’t we try to fix the root of these problems instead? The youth is vulnerable and instead of supporting the youth and showing them another way, they get shamed. Instead of kicking him when he’s already down and lost, maybe we need to ask ourselves how are we as a society failing Michael?? How can we give young people support to overcome addiction? How can we prevent children and young adults from trying drugs to begin with? How can we equip them with better coping mechanisms?! These are the questions we should be asking! This is how we prevent future harm. Not by shaming him. Not by blasting his reputation and self image for life on the internet like barbarians. He made a mistake that held especially high consequences…you don’t think he carries guilt every single day? He needs professional help…and those that misunderstand drug addiction need to do their homework on the topic from scientific, credible sources and practice compassion and empathy. We all make mistakes and we all need help getting back up when we fall. How are your insults at all helpful?

    Deep down Michael is a good, kind, intelligent person who needs support and community.

    Michael, if you ever read this…I believe in your ability to be better. I believe you can find happiness again. I believe you will overcome your addiction from these extremely potent and overpowering drugs. You can change your course. Seek the help you need and know that some people are rooting for you to become the person you were meant to be. I believe in your ability to change. You are not alone.

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