Higher pension denied in Corzine crash

Former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine

July 28, 2010 6:41:39 AM PDT
Officials have denied an accident disability pension to the New Jersey state trooper who was driving when former Gov. Jon Corzine's SUV crashed three years ago.

Robert Rasinski says he suffers back pain and post-traumatic stress.

However, the pension board says the 38-year-old bears significant responsibility for the accident.

The board awarded Rasinski an ordinary disability pension that includes health benefits and equals 40 percent of his $100,688 salary. Rasinski will get no more than $3,000 a month, roughly $2,000 less than he had hoped for.

Investigators found that Rasinski was driving Corzine at 91 mph when the SUV struck another vehicle and veered into a guardrail in 2007.

Corzine suffered 15 broken bones and spent 18 days in the hospital.

Rasinski served a three-day suspension after an internal investigation said the crash was preventable.