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NY Summations Start in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash Trial of NJ Cop

The lawyer for a New Jersey police officer charged in a drunken driving crash that killed a fellow Linden police officer and another man two years ago says his client wasn't drunk.

During summations Wednesday, Pedro Abad's lawyer called the crash a tragedy and a horrific accident that was "not caused by intoxication."

But prosecutors say Pedro Abad drank to "obliteration" at a Staten Island strip club before his vehicle collided head-on into a tractor-trailer. They say Abad had a blood-alcohol level three-times the legal limit.

The Staten Island Advance reports that defense lawyer Mario Gallucci questioned the numbers, saying Abad had lost so much blood that transfusions had contaminated the blood alcohol content reading.

The 29-year-old Abad has pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and manslaughter.

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