Police: Man ODs, crashes car in Arlington

Arlington Police report a crash at Mystic Valley Parkway and River Street around 1 p.m. today was the result of the driver nodding off on an opioid.

Police say an initial dose of Narcan did not revive the unconscious, not breathing driver and that they broke out a portable defibrillator and were starting CPR when a second dose of Narcan revived the man, a 32-year-old Arlington resident. He was then transported to a Boston hospital for care.

According to police:

An investigation indicates that the driver came over the Harvard Avenue bridge while driving into Arlington from West Medford when he lost consciousness, put his car into reverse, and crashed into a vehicle that was driving behind him.

The driver of that car was not injured, police say.

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Wow

That could've been much worse...

Put his car into reverse?

How could he put his car into reverse while unconscious? At most he could put it in neutral if he slumped over the shifter.

Any sympathy I have for these addicts is lost when they put others in danger such as by driving a car.

I agree with your sentiment

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However, consider that the person may have instinctively shifted as they were losing consciousness. As it's a reasonable assumption that they were driving an automatic, consider the possibility that they only managed to change gears from drive to reverse instead of all the way into park (yes, I know you should downshift into neutral instead of park in a panic situation but most people I've known who've found themselves in such situations don't realize that).

Totally pathetic.

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They're like alcoholics, in a way. Yet, as another poster here pointed, any sympathy for them has been lost once they've put other people in danger by getting behind the wheel of a car and nodding off.

Not exactly like alcoholics

I've sadly had many family members who were functional alcoholics for decades - people who drank according to schedule, didn't drink in the car, had lots of rules about their drinking so they could drive and keep a job, etc.

I get the impression that there are a lot of addicts with similar rules - but the chemistry and biology involved result in a much faster downward slide.