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Ex-New Jersey Cop Gets Maximum Prison Sentence in Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 2 Friends

Pedro Abad was found guilty of all charges, including the top count of aggravated vehicular homicide, in a drunken driving crash that killed a fellow cop and another man

What to Know

  • A judge ordered the maximum for former New Jersey cop Pedro Abad in a drunken driving crash that killed a fellow cop and another man
  • Abad's attorneys had sought the minimum sentence of one year
  • Prosecutors say he was drunk, that his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, when smashed head-on into a tractor-trailer

A former New Jersey police officer convicted of causing a wrong-way crash that killed a fellow officer and another friend has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison, the maximum for his crimes.

Pedro Abad, a former police officer, has been found guilty of all charges in a drunken driving crash that killed a fellow cop and another man in 2015. Checkey Beckford reports.

Pedro Abad, 29, was found guilty in May of aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter, reckless endangerment and other crimes. Abad's attorneys had sought the minumum sentence of one year behind bars.

Opening statements are expected Monday in court in the trial of a former New Jersey police officer charged in fatal crash in 2015.

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

Abad's lawyer, Mario Gallucci, had questioned the numbers, saying his client had lost so much blood that transfusions had contaminated the blood alcohol reading. During summations, Gallucci called the crash a tragedy and a horrific accident that was "not caused by intoxication."

At one point, Gallucci wanted to have Abad tested for a date-rape drug the lawyer said he could have been slipped at the strip club. 

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.

Gallucci said Abad would not let him poll the jury, saying they had gone through enough. 

"He turned to me and said I'm at peace," Gallucci said. "He says God told him what happened and he deserves to be punished."

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