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October 18, 2012
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NY officer killed at crash scene

Joseph Olivieri left his vehicle to investigate a four-car crash on the Long Island Expressway when he was struck by a vehicle around 5 a.m

By PoliceOne Staff 

NORTH HILLS, N.Y. — A Nassau County highway patrol officer was struck and killed while responding to a multi-vehicle crash Thursday morning.  

Joseph Olivieri left his vehicle to investigate the four-car crash on the Long Island Expresway when he was struck by a vehicle around 5 a.m police officials said at a news conference.

"Today is a very sad day for the people of Nassau County and for the Nassau County Police Department," Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said, according to "Joseph Olivieri gave his life early this morning."

Olivieri, 43, had parked his cruiser with its lights flashing in the middle lane, police said, and was helping a driver from a vehicle when he was hit by a 2002 Escalade.

Olivieri, a father of two and a 13-year Nassau County veteran, was rushed to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset where he was pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made and the accident is under investigation. 

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