2 NJ Officers Still in Critical Condition After Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 2 - NBC New York

2 NJ Officers Still in Critical Condition After Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 2

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    NYPD Probes Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 2, Including Cop

    The NYPD is investigating a wrong-way crash on Staten Island that left two dead early Friday morning after three New Jersey police officers and a friend got on the road after leaving a strip club. Brian Thompson has more. (Published Friday, March 20, 2015)

    Two New Jersey police officers were still in critical but stable condition Monday, days after they were involved in a wrong-way crash in New York City that killed a third officer and a friend.

    Linden police Capt. James Sarnicki said there was nothing new to report on the medical conditions of city Officers Pedro Abad, 27, and Patrik Kudlac, 23.

    Linden Officer Frank Viggiano and friend Joe Rodriguez were killed in Friday's crash. Both were 28.

    Authorities said the four men were headed home from a strip club when Abad drove the wrong way down a Staten Island highway and crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer. The officers were off-duty at the time.

    2 Killed, 2 Injured in Wrong-Way Crash

    [NY] 2 Killed, 2 Injured in Wrong-Way Crash
    The NYPD is investigating a wrong-way crash on Staten Island that left two dead early Friday morning after three New Jersey police officers and a friend got on the road after leaving a strip club. Sheldon Dutes reports.
    (Published Friday, March 20, 2015)

    The truck driver suffered injuries that weren't considered life-threatening.

    Investigators have applied for a warrant to test Abad's blood-alcohol level. But it wasn't yet clear whether the warrant had been approved or executed.

    Hours before the crash, Abad had posted a photo on his Instagram page of three shot glasses filled with what he identified as "Jack Daniels Fire on the house." But authorities said it was "too premature" to speculate on what caused the accident.

    Rodriguez's wake is scheduled for Tuesday, and his funeral is scheduled for Wednesday in Linden. Viggiano's viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, and his funeral will take place Thursday in Linden.

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