Driver in 6-Car Crash Charged with Benadryl, Ambien 'Intoxication'

Marion Fisher of Oradell is accused of being under the influence of over-the-counter and prescription drugs when she allegedly caused a chain reaction accident.

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An Oradell woman who was the catalyst in an October car crash that impacted six vehicles was charged Thursday with being under the influence of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Marion Fisher, 46, was charged with driving while intoxicated, assault by auto, and being under the influence of various medications: Diphenydramine, otherwise known as the over-the-counter allergy drug, Benadryl; Zolpidem, the generic name for the prescription sleep medication, Aleve; and Butalbital, a prescription pain reliever and muscle relaxant. 

Fisher, who lived in Hawthorne prior to moving to Oradell, was released pending a court appearance, the Hackettstown Police said in a release.

Police said Fisher was traveling in a 2008 Chrysler on Route 46 when she struck a vehicle driven by Debra Smythe, of Hackettstown, that was stopped in traffic on the morning of Oct. 1. Smythe's 2002 Hyundai rear-ended a 2010 Chevy driven by Stella Landolfi, 37, of Independence Township.

Fisher's vehicle continued eastbound on Route 46 when itsideswiped a 2001 Volvo driven by Kristina Hentschel, 44, of Belvidere, and a 2010 Honda driven by Irene Cardell, 62, of Succasunna. 

The crash caused Cardell's vehicle to strike a 2005 Pontiac driven by 18-year-old David Rosado Jr., of Great Meadows, that was stopped in traffic, police said.

Several of the drivers and passengers, including an 8-year-old child in Smythe's car sustained minor injuries and were treated at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, according to police.


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