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N.J. Man Cited For Causing Car Crash While Suffering Heart Attack

Dan Langley's Doctor Got Court To Toss 2 Of 3 Tickets Issued

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A Wall Township man who had a heart attack while behind the wheel has fought some tickets he was issued for causing a crash.

Dan Langley, 20, crashed into another car when he suffered a heart attack while driving April 1.

His longtime physician Dr. Harold Cotler said Langley was lucky.

“To have a heart attack and collapse in front of a police officer, who was able to resuscitate him and do CPR quickly,” Cotler told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney. “Fortunately for him, he didn’t die of sudden cardiac death because of the quick thinking of the police officer.”

Dr. Cotler said the cop’s actions likely saved Langley’s life But police also issued Langley three tickets for the whole incident.

“I feel bad that he got the tickets. I feel bad that there wasn’t some consideration due to extenuating medical circumstances,” said Cotler. “I know in a lot of situations, if somebody’s a diabetic and has an accident that there’s some discretion there.”

Dr. Cotler wrote the court a note, asking to forgive Langley for having the heart attack which caused the wreck.

Two of the tickets were tossed out, but Langley still had to pay $133 for the third ticket which was downgraded.

No one was injured because of the crash.

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