- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey police officer charged in a deadly wrong-way crash in New York has been suspended from his job.

Linden police tell NJ.com (https://bit.ly/1PphMom) that Pedro Abad was suspended Monday, the same day he pleaded not guilty to charges he was drunk behind the wheel in the March 20 crash on Staten Island that killed off-duty Linden police officer Frank Viggiano and friend Joseph Rodriguez. Officer Patrik Kudlac was critically injured.

City officials say Abad was removed from the municipal payroll in May. But he remained an unpaid member of the force until the city received and reviewed official notice of the indictment and the charges against Abad.

It’s unclear if Abad is still receiving disability pay. His lawyer has said Abad is still recovering from serious leg injuries.

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Information from: NJ.com, https://www.nj.com

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