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New Jersey Cop Hurt in Staten Island Wrong-Way Crash Released From Hospital

One of the New Jersey police officers injured in a wrong-way crash on Staten Island that killed another officer and a friend has been released from the hospital.

Patrik Kudlac's mother Eva Kudlacova tells the Staten Island Advance the 23-year-old is "fine" and is "doing his therapy." 

He was released from the hospital Thursday, nearly two months after the car he was riding in smashed head-on into a tractor trailer on the West Shore Expressway.

Linden Police Capt. James Sarnicki says Kudlac isn't close to returning to work.

The March 20 crash killed fellow Linden Officer Frank Viggiano and friend Joe Rodriguez. The driver, 27-year-old Linden Officer Pedro Abad, remains hospitalized. The friends had left a strip club, and their car was traveling the wrong way on the expressway at the time of the crash.

Toxicology tests show Abad's blood-alcohol content was three times New York's legal limit. 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."

Public records show Abad has been involved in eight accidents since 2005 and has two arrests for drunken driving in the last four years. 

The NYPD says it is investigating the crash. No charges have been filed.

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