- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) - The lawyer for a New Jersey police officer charged in a deadly wrong-way crash in New York says he didn’t condone a message his client posted on Instagram.

A photo of Pedro Abad wearing a Batman T-shirt with a message about his injuries and how he misses the men who died in the crash was posted to his social media accounts Wednesday. He later deleted the post.

Abad’s attorney, Mario Gallucci, said he heard about the post and quickly called his client with a warning for him.

“I don’t know if he did it. I didn’t ask him,” Gallucci told NJ.com (https://bit.ly/1gUDeWA). “But I did instruct him that if he did do it, pull it off and you are not to do it again while I am representing you.”

Abad was suspended from the Linden Police Department after pleading not guilty to charges he drove drunk 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.

In the post, Abad thanked supporters and those who sent him birthday wishes. He turned 29 on Tuesday, the day after he appeared in a Staten Island courtroom.

His next court hearing was scheduled for Oct. 29.


Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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