- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) - One of the New Jersey police officers injured in a wrong-way crash that killed another officer and a friend in New York City 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 after nearly two months.

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

Kudlac was a passenger in a car that crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer after leaving a Staten Island strip club in March. Linden Officer Frank Viggiano and friend Joe Rodriguez were killed. The driver, Linden Officer Pedro Abad, remains hospitalized.

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


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