Route 70 Accident Victim Recovering as Friends Rally Support

Edwin Triana one of three people injured in May 4 accident

After a night out, Toms River resident Edwin Triana was almost always the designated driver.

So the cruel irony of his being critically injured in an where police say a drunken driver crashed into his car has added insult to injury, his friends say.

"The worst part about it is that he never really drinks when he goes out and was always the designated driver," said Jim Teja, a friend of Triana's. "So it's really bad luck that he would be the one injured in a drunk driving accident."

Bryan Vanderburgh, 27, of Brick, has been charged with drunken driving in the May 3 crash, during which police say he ran a red light at the intersection of routes 70 and 88 and crashed his SUV into Triana's 1994 Acura Integra.

Triana, 28, was driving home with two friends, one a popular DJ in the Shore area. The group was returning home from helping Brian Unglert, 28, known professionally as DJ Encore, promote an upcoming performance.

All three occupants of Triana's car — Jackson resident Anthony G. Nieves, 25, was also a passenger — sufferred serious injures. But Triana's were the most severe. His leg had three compound fractures, his jaw and teeth were broken, his hip will need partial replacement and there are also head injuries to contend with.

Though he was making some progress, friends say, he was still on life support and in a medically-induced coma at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

With mounting medical bills and a long road to recovery ahead, friends began organizing an effort to assist Triana's family with expenses in the days following the accident, said Teja.

A benefit has been booked at Mansion in Brick on July 1, and other events such as 50-50 raffles and gift auctions are in the planning stages.

In the mean time, family friends have set up a website that is accepting donations, 100 percent of which will go to the Triana family. As of early Friday morning, over $4,000 had been raised.

On May 4, Vanderburgh was with three counts of aggravated assault with an automobile in addition to the DWI charge and a number of traffic summonses. He remains free on $30,000 bail.


Link: Edwin Triana Benefit website.

. May 11, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Many years ago I lost a cousin and her 4 year old little boy on Christmas Eve, because a drunk driver crossed over the line and hit them head on. She was killed instantly and the little boy died on New Year's Eve. The drunk had not a scratch on him. I have no sympathy for someone you drinks and drives. Let him take public transportation for the rest of his life. If he had done that while he was drunk, the accident wouldn't have happened. If you don't punish them enough the first time, they just go out and do it again.
barbara May 11, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Agree Minitrucker, he seriously needs to do time, a lot of time, for this horrible accident. 28 days in a rehab wont do anything.....geesh
barbara May 11, 2012 at 10:51 PM
sorry, no name that is sad. people who drink and drive are so dumb, they need to pay the consequences..........the poor victim, i feel so bad for him and what he is going through and his family. really sucks.
anoldfriendofedwins May 12, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Vandenburgh lives in brick and the accident was in brick. Get a cab dummy! 50 dollars max. He probably spent at least that at the bar that night. He is going to be punished for his actions, but its not up to us to decide the punishment. Many of us are guilty of having drinks before we drive, but we don't get caught and we certainty don't cause life changing injuries. God bless the victims and lets make sure that we learn from the mistakes that others made for us... there are plenty of alternatives to drinking and driving.
kathleen r wall May 14, 2012 at 12:52 AM
If you drink and drive and cause an accident you should not be able to drive again for 20 years, how dare you go out there and cause injury to another person because you drank and made a stupid decision, this poor kid has to live with his injuries and medical bills and surgeries so according to the person above who claims that he should be able to drive and get his life back cause he needs to get to work should think about how long the kid he hit will be out of work and how will he get paid. Some people just don't think before they speak......get a grip! He made the choice to get into his car and YOU expect the driver who hit him off with a slap on the hand...you scare me!!


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