Guy Has Heart Attack While Driving, Gets 3 Tickets
And court will only dismiss 2
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2013 11:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – It sounds like a joke: a doctor's note reading, "Please forgive Mr. Langley's tickets due to his unfortunate experience of having a heart attack seconds prior to having his car accident." But no, this note really was delivered to a New Jersey municipal court, the Asbury Park Press reports. And even more bizarre is the fact that the court dismissed just two of the three tickets Dan Langley, 20, had received after the accident, which he does not remember. He was en route to a friend's house on April 1 when his car hit another vehicle at a traffic light; he got out, vomited, and then collapsed. No one was injured in the accident.

An officer who responded gave Langley CPR, and Langley ended up getting a defibrillator implanted in his chest. The same day, the mechanical engineering student received three tickets in the mail, from a different officer. The tickets for tailgating and unsafe operation of a motor vehicle were dismissed, but authorities only agreed to downgrade the third ticket from reckless driving to obstructing the passage of other vehicles, an offense that doesn't carry any points. But Langley did have to pay a $133 fine. "What's the charge?" grumbles his dad. "Criminal cardiac arrest?"

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Jun 17, 2013 4:23 PM CDT
I'm hoping there is more to the story. How can someone be held responsible for having a heart attack? If this story is completely accurate, then I am astounded and appalled by the stupidity and cruelty of the so-called "justice system".
Jun 15, 2013 3:25 PM CDT
its a wonder the kid wasnt charged for a health code for vomiting.
Jun 14, 2013 8:49 AM CDT
I am surprised our society functions at all with all the lowest-common-denominator people we have in positions of power.