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Overdose crash shatters family’s home, leads to death of yellow lab

It was supposed to be a relaxing evening at home in a quiet Bucks County neighborhood north of Philadelphia, when all of a sudden a red Honda came crashing through the sliding doors, seriously injuring the homeowner. It turns out that the driver of the car had passed out from a heroin overdose, veering off the road and sailing into their living room. While the homeowner’s wife ran for help, their dog ran out of the house.

Police said the driver of a red Honda Civic was unconscious when he left the road, hit a tree stump and went airborne, crashing into a fence and then through the back sliding glass doors of a home on the unit block of Gun Road.

A man inside the home was sitting near the doorway when one of the glass doors came flying on top of him, hitting him in the head.

Police said the homeowner was hurt and there was a lot of blood.

“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. “He had a head laceration and was bleeding pretty profusely.”

Police said during the ensuing chaos, the family’s yellow Labrador retriever got out of the house and was hit and killed by another car. According to police, the driver of that car left the scene.

“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?” said Gaffney.

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