On Monday, 27-year-old Pedro Abad Jr., who is a New Jersey cop, turned himself in for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol the wrong way on a Staten Island highway due to which another officer and his friend died who were also riding in the motor vehicle.
The officer was walking with the assistance of crutches when he surrendered at the NYPD’s 120 Precinct station house in Staten Island.
Abad sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident that occurred in the month of March. He suffered head trauma that affected his speech. His motor vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer on the West Shore Expressway and at the time of the accident, an intoxication test showed his BAC at .24 percent which is three times the legal limit allowed for driving. The accident happened when he was getting back home from Curves, a strip club in Staten Island. He began traveling on the wrong side of the highway as he was under the influence without realizing his mistake. Many motor vehicles changed their way to avoid colliding with his Honda Civic until it crashed in a tractor-trailer.
Officer 28-year-old Frank Viggiano and fellow passenger, 28-year-old Joseph Rodriguez, died in the accident. Another officer, 23-year-old Patrik Kudlac, sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident as they were travelling in the motor vehicle which was going at a high rate of speed.
Abad uploaded an Instagram photo of 3 glasses filled with 70 proof Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, a short period of time before the accident.
He was summoned to Staten Island Supreme Court and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. If convicted, he will have to serve jail for a minimum 8 and maximum 25 years.
He was looking scared as he entered into the courtroom on crutches and he pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was forced to give up his driver’s license and passport as a penalty of the crime he committed.
His attorney, Mario Gallucci said, “Two of his friends are deceased. He’s distraught, upset, nervous”.
Abad tweeted that the accident left a “huge scar on his head” and the loss of numerous memories. He also wrote, “But I do remember two, two friends that I had that are not even in this world anymore. Never had a problem with either of these men, and God do I miss them and just wish that I could bring them back and I’ll take more pain. There’s so much more I want to say about these 2, but I’ll tell them again myself when I see them again one day”. According to him, he knew one of his friends for 10 years and the other for 20 years which is a long time. They both died due to him as he was behind the wheel under the influence and driving at high rate of speed.
He posted $25,000 bail and he is summoned to court on 29th of October.
News Source: www.NyDailyNews.com