Lawyer: NJ cop to appear on charges in deadly crash

Lawyer: NJ cop to appear on charges in deadly crash

Lawyer: NJ cop to appear on charges in deadly crash (9/16/15)

NEW YORK - A lawyer says a New Jersey police officer will appear before a judge on charges in a wrong-way crash in New York that killed a fellow officer and a friend.

Linden Police Officer Pedro Abad is scheduled to appear in court in Staten Island on Monday.

Attorney Mario Galluci tells News 12 New Jersey he expects the 27-year-old will face several charges in connection to the crash.

A spokesman says the Staten Island district attorney had no comment.

Galluci says Abad uses a wheelchair because of leg injuries, has a disabled arm and a speech impediment. He's expected to undergo another surgery on Sept. 29.

Authorities say Abad had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit when he drove the wrong way and crashed into a tractor-trailer in March.

Linden Officer Frank Viggiano and resident Joseph Rodriguez were killed. Another officer, Patrik Kudlac, was critically injured.

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