Linden cop among 2 dead in Staten Island crash

An off-duty Linden police officer is one of two people killed in a wrong-way crash on Staten Island early Friday morning.

Linden Officer Frank Viggiano and Joe Rodriguez were killed in a wrong-way crash on Staten Island.

Linden Officer Frank Viggiano and Joe Rodriguez were killed in a wrong-way crash on Staten Island. (3/21/15)

LINDEN - An off-duty Linden police officer is one of two people killed in a wrong-way crash on Staten Island early Friday morning.

The New York Police Department says a tractor-trailer was heading southbound on the West Shore Expressway (Route 440) near Arthur Kill Road when it collided head-on with a vehicle carrying four people just before 5 a.m.

Officer Frank Viggiano, 28, and his friend, 27-year-old Joe Rodriguez, of Linden, were killed in the crash. Officer Viggiano was a five-year veteran of the Linden Police Department.

Officer Patrick Kudlac, 23, and Officer Pedro Abad, 27, suffered severe injuries in the incident. Both have undergone surgery at hospitals in Staten Island. They both remained in critical but stable condition Saturday.

The officers were all off duty at the time.

"This is obviously a sad day for the Linden families and for our Linden Police Department," says Linden Mayor Derek Armstead. "My heart and prayers go out to the families that are affected."

Authorities say they have applied for a warrant to test the blood-alcohol level of Officer Abad, who was driving. His blood has since been drawn.

The truck driver was treated at a hospital for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Route 17 in Paramus reopens following tractor-trailer accident 1 Tractor-trailer accident causes problems on Route 17 in Paramus
Fire at apartment complex leaves one man dead 2 Fire at apartment complex leaves one man dead
A 36-year-old woman was beaten and raped in 3 Woman beaten, raped at gunpoint in Highland Park
Two apartment buildings on West St. George Avenue 4 Residents allowed back home after suspicious device found in Linden
Dash Cam video of Linden officer's DUI in 5 Dash Cam video of Linden officer's DUI in 2013

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE