An off duty New Jersey police officer was driving drunk when his vehicle collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on a New York City highway in Staten Island on March 20th of this year. According to U.S. News, toxicology results report Linden Officer Pedro Abad’s blood alcohol content was 0.24, in New York, the legal limit is 0.08.
Abad was driving the wrong way down the highway after leaving a Staten Island strip club when he crashed into the truck killing Linden Officer Frank Viggiano and friend Joe Rodriguez and critically injuring himself and Officer Patrik Kudlac. The truck driver suffered minor injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.
Investigators applied for a warrant to test Abad’s blood alcohol
content. Hours before the crash, Abad posted a photo on his Instagram
page of three shot glasses filled with Jack Daniels with the caption:
“The 3 of us, are decent people. There’s a decent woman out there for each of us. Sure it’s cool to be single every now and then, but I don’t give a damn what ANYONE says. At the end of the day, I want a family. I want to settle down. We all do. So here’s to finding that which we all hope for.”
Abad had two drunken-driving arrests in the past four years, one in 2011 and 2012 and his license was suspended after the second arrest from October 2013 to May 2014, the Motor Vehicle Commission said. According to Leigh Valley Live, a judge required Abad to fit his car with an ignition interlock, like a breathalyzer, which won’t allow a vehicle to start until the driver blows into it to measure his blood-alcohol level and is found sober. The commission stated the interlock device was removed last September.
Drunk driving is the leading cause of car accident fatalities. If you or someone you know have been injured in a car accident due to another person’s negligence talk with an auto accident lawyer at The Perecman Firm to ensure that justice is served and rightful compensation is awarded.