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Staten Island District Attorney Confirms Linden Off-Duty Police Officer's BAC Results

Linden Staten Island

Authorities today have confirmed that the driver - an off-duty Linden police officer - of the fatal Staten Island highway crash, had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.

The Staten Island District Attorney's office today confirmed reports published Friday that Pedro Abad, 27, had a BAC of .24 percent.

No further details were released if any or when charges would be filed against Abad. 

However, authorities said that the defendant's and witnesses' condition has been a factor on the timing of the investigation and charges. 

On March 20, Abad drove down the West Shore Expressway in Staten Island against traffic striking a tractor-trailer head-on. Passengers Joseph Rodriguez and Linden officer Frank Viggiano, both 28, were killed in the crash. The driver, Abad and fellow officer Patrik Kudlac, 23, remain in critical but stable condition in separate hospitals. 

Pedro Abad's driving and employment history is currently under investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.