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1 New Jersey Officer, 1 Other Killed in Wrong-Way Crash

March 20, 2015  | 

Officer Frank Viggiano died in a wrong-way crash. (Photo: Linden (N.J.) PD)
Officer Frank Viggiano died in a wrong-way crash. (Photo: Linden (N.J.) PD)

The NYPD is investigating a wrong-way crash on Staten Island that left two dead early Friday morning after three off-duty New Jersey police officers and a friend got on the road after leaving a strip club, reports WNBC-TV.

One Linden (N.J.) PD officer and his friend were killed when the car they were riding in hit a tractor-trailer while headed the wrong way on an expressway, police say. The driver of the car and another passenger are in critical condition. The driver of the trailer suffered minor injuries.

Officer Frank Viggiano, 28, a five-year veteran of the force who was sitting in the back passenger's seat, and Joe Rodriguez, a 27-year-old civilian, sitting in the front passenger's seat, were both pronounced dead following the crash.

Two other Linden (N.J.) PD officers, Pedro Abad, a 6-year veteran who was driving the car and Patrik Kudlac, 23, a two-year veteran of Linden police who was sitting in the rear passenger's seat, were taken to the hospital and remain in critical condition following surgery for multiple injuries.

Comments (4)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 3/21/2015 12:08 AM

My Condolences to all. This is a good example of off duty Police DUI. The accident ironically happened near the Arthur Kill Road exit. Aggravated Vehicular Homicide is the proper charge for the driver of this car and hopefully this accident is properly investigated and blood was drawn to support a DUI charge. The Semi driver did nothing wrong and deserves a proper investigation of this crime.

TX Lawman @ 3/23/2015 6:16 AM

Ima Leprechaun, I rarely agree with your comments, but you are spot on with this one. Officers are not above the law and I'll arrest an officer DWI just as quick as a civilian. My sister was hit by a DWI driver head on. It broke almost every bone in her body. 2.5 years later she is still having surgeries and she is full of pins, screws, plates and rods. They still may have to amputate her foot because the bone is dying. If the suspect had not died this time it would have been his 19th DWI CONVICTION.

Tbow426 @ 3/23/2015 12:42 PM

The chips fall where they may in this tragic situation. A man dead, careers ruined, families devastated. Boys, ALWAYS have a designated driver when you go out for a night on the town!!!!!!!

Wyocop @ 4/5/2015 3:57 PM

Always sad when this happens. My condolences to all involved and their families.

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