02/22/2013

Driver fined $500 in crash that killed NY officer

A truck driver struck the cruiser of Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano, who had his lights on while pulling over a motorist

By Frank Eltman
Associated Press

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A Connecticut truck driver has been fined $500 and had his license revoked over a crash that killed a police officer on New York's Long Island Expressway.

John Kaley, of New Britain, Conn., pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving stemming from the February 2011 crash that killed Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano.

The plea came after a prosecutor said it was unlikely she could win a conviction for criminally negligent homicide.

Prosecutor Maureen McCormick says Kaley's flatbed truck slammed into a cruiser with its lights flashing after Califano stopped a motorist in Old Westbury. Witnesses said the truck had weaved through traffic for two miles.

McCormick says prosecutors would have found it difficult to prove allegations Kaley had fallen asleep.

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