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No Jail Time for Trucker In N.Y. Cop's Death

February 21, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Nassau County PD.
Photo courtesy of Nassau County PD.

The truck driver who fatally struck and killed a Nassau County (N.Y.) Police officer while asleep at the wheel paid a $500 fine and lost his driving privilege.

John Kaley had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless driving, after prosecutors said they were unable to gather enough evidence for felony criminaly negligent homicide.

While driving drowsy on Feb. 4, 2011, Kaley drifted from his lane on the Long Island Expressway and crashed into the cruiser of Officer Michael Califano, who was conducting a traffic stop.

It has been virtually impossible to convict a driver of criminally negligent homicide in New York, because the statute is in flux, Nassau prosecutors told the Long Island Press.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Nassau County (N.Y.) PD, Sentencing


Comments (5)

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BMcClain @ 2/22/2013 4:09 AM

This is unbelievable. We all have the "adult" responsibility as drivers to pull over/off the road when we are drowsy. Hopefully this person loss their driving privileges for life.This clearly was negligent homicide and the driver was and is responsible for this Officers death. May God grant peace to the Officers family.

Dan B @ 2/22/2013 6:40 AM

The lawmakers need to get off there fat a##es and do something. You can bet if it was a family member of one of them, They would be screaming for action!

John @ 2/22/2013 7:28 AM

The assholes in Albany have been too busy targeting responsible gun owners.

Leon @ 2/22/2013 8:49 AM

I bet if it had been a judge killed they would have placed the proper charge and gone to trial!

Jim A @ 2/24/2013 4:08 PM

This is really sick. This is absolutely sick. Dead Cop + $500 fine? Your legistlatures SUCKS!

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