Man convicted in death of NY officer who was hit by another driver

Prosecutors say Nassau County Officer James Olivieri's October 2012 death was the man's fault


Associated Press

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A suburban New York man has been found guilty of vehicular manslaughter and other charges in the death of a police officer even though the officer was struck and killed by another driver.

A jury Thursday convicted James Ryan of 10 of the 13 counts he was charged with. Ryan's lawyer says they will appeal.

Prosecutors say Nassau County Officer James Olivieri's October 2012 death was Ryan's fault because his reckless driving caused a chain-reaction crash.

Ryan's Toyota hit a BMW on the Long Island Expressway and then was hit by another car. Minutes later, an SUV driver smashed into Ryan's car before hitting Olivieri, who was out of his patrol car talking to Ryan at the time.

Ryan's sentencing date is March 9. He faces up to 20 years.

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