04/27/2015 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
New York – Toxicology reports indicate that a New Jersey police officer involved in a fatal car crash that left another officer dead in New York was intoxicated at the time. According to an AP report, Staten Island prosecutor Chief Assistant District Attorney Daniel Master said Monday that tests show Linden Officer Pedro Abad had a blood alcohol level of .24 when the crash occurred on March 20. The legal limit under New York law is .08.
Linden Officer Frank Viggiano was killed when the vehicle driven by Abad crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer. Viggiano’s friend Joe Rodriguez was also killed. Abad and Officer Patrik Kudlac reportedly sustained critical injuries.
Abad has had prior arrests for drunken-driving. According to records, one involved an accident in which he ran into a convenience store. His driver’s license was suspended from October 2013 to May 2014 following another arrest.
Master has not stated what charges Abad may be facing in connection with the recent crash.
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