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Cop Killed on Long Island Highway/CDiazShephard

Oct 18, 2012

Early this morning, a Nassau County highway patrol officer was fatally struck on New York’s Long Island Expressway. According to Newsday, the officer has been identified as Joseph Olivieri. The officer had been on the police force since 1998.

The officer was hit at 5:00 this morning after he exited his vehicle to investigate an accident on the Long Island Expressway’s HOV lane near North Hills in Long Island, said Newsday. The department’s web site,, reported a two-vehicle accident at 4:46 this morning between exits 34 and 35 on the Expressway.

While out of his vehicle, the officer was struck and killed by another vehicle, said officials with Nassau County who had knowledge about the ongoing investigation. The Nassau County Police Department would not immediately issue an official comment on the case.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale and County Executive Edward Mangano will be holding a news conference about the accident today.

A federal study conducted in October 2011, confirmed the danger of the Long Island Expressway, especially in Nassau County, between Exits 35 and 41. Newsday reports that over the past decade, 24 law enforcement officers were injured in that stretch, most recently, Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano.

Michael Califano, 44, of Wantagh, New York was killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop last year. He had been on the force for 13 years at the time of his death. Officer Califano died when a flatbed truck hit his patrol car on February 4, 2011, also on the Long Island Expressway.

Officer Califano was in his cruiser at 10:55 p.m. in the median of the Expressway near Exit 39 at the time of the accident. He was writing a warning ticket for a box truck he had pulled over for improper lights. The flatbed struck Officer Califano's car from behind and pinned it beneath the truck he had stopped. Officer Califano died from the injuries he sustained as a result of the crash, said PIX 11 News.

John Kaley, 25, who had been released on $47,500 cash bail for criminally negligent homicide, three counts of third-degree assault, and failing to move over for an emergency vehicle, was driving the flatbed, PIX 11 News noted. Kaley fell asleep at the wheel, said police.

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