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Maximum sentence for former cop in fatal DUI crash

No one should be above the law when it comes to fatal car accidents involving alcohol. A former New Jersey police officer responsible for the death of two people in a fatal drunk driving accident is one example of how status cannot and should not protect you from the repercussions of negligent behavior.

In 2015, former cop, Pedro Abad Jr., made a decision that took the lives of two passengers in the car; one of them was also a Linden police officer. Sources say Abad was driving in the wrong direction on the West Shore Expressway when he crashed head-on into a semi truck. Reportedly, he did not even apply the brakes before the accident occurred.

A second passenger in the car was also killed in the crash. A third passenger, also a police officer, suffered serious injuries. Reportedly, the driver of the tractor-trailer also suffered injuries.

The charges against Abad include manslaughter, assault and reckless endangerment and two counts of aggravated vehicular assault. He was also convicted of a more serious charge involving four counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

A judge with the Richmond County State Supreme Court handed down the maximum sentence for these crimes on Wednesday. Abad will serve 8 to 25 years in a New Jersey prison for his negligent actions behind the wheel.

Hopefully, this sentence will give the victims and surviving family members some peace of mind. The case should also serve as a reminder to all people who drive under the influence that the law is highly motivated to hold these drivers responsible for their actions.

Source:, "Former Linden cop gets maximum sentence for fatal crash," Suzanne Russell, June 14, 2017

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