FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Compression Tactical Bra - Cheata Tactical
Patented technology is designed to provide the stability of 2-3 sports bras,...

Top News

Drunk Driver Sentenced for New York Officer’s Death in Accident He Wasn’t Involved In

March 10, 2016  | 

Officer Joseph Olivieri was killed in 2012. (Photo: Nassau County PD)
Officer Joseph Olivieri was killed in 2012. (Photo: Nassau County PD)

A Long Island, NY, man was sentenced to up to 12 years in prison Wednesday for the 2012 DWI-related death of a Nassau County police officer—even though he wasn’t driving the car that killed the officer.

Officer Joseph Olivieri was responding to two crashes caused by James Ryan’s drunken driving, jurors found in January, when another driver slammed into Ryan’s car on the Long Island Expressway and then fatally struck Olivieri.

Under sentencing guidelines, Ryan will serve a minimum of five years. The 29-year-old had faced up to 20 years in prison on the 10 counts on which he was convicted, the New York Post reports.

The case was closely watched by legal experts, who said it was rare for someone other than the driver to be charged in a crash. The charges were based on the legal principle of “causation/foreseeability,” in which suspects are charged in events that are foreseeable results of their actions.

A jury found Ryan guilty of charges including aggravated criminally negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving, and reckless endangerment.

Ryan’s attorney said Wednesday he was filing notice to appeal the conviction and would request the sentence be stayed. Called to the scene, Olivieri was outside his patrol car talking with Ryan when an SUV smashed into the Toyota and then fatally struck the officer. Prosecutors said Ryan’s blood-alcohol level was 0.13, far higher than the state’s threshold of .08.

Comments (1)

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

plato's playdough @ 3/11/2016 3:51 AM

During the trial, defense attorney Marc Gann argued the SUV driver failed to avoid crashing into the wreckage from Ryan’s earlier accident.

That driver was never charged.

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Third Man Charged in Deadly Shooting of MO Officer
A third man is under arrest and facing a charge in the deadly shooting of Clinton, MO...
Helicopter in Fatal VA Police Crash Had Past Engine Problems
The police helicopter involved in a crash that killed two troopers near the chaotic events...
IL Bill to Allow Ambulances for Injured K-9s Signed into Law
Illinois House Bill 2661 was signed into law today. It allows police dogs injured in the...
Video: CO Sheriff Contracts West Nile Disease
Sheriff Joe Pelle of Boulder County, CO, took to social media to let people know the West...
FBI Agent Injured in NY After Flash-Bang Accidentally Goes Off
A flash-bang grenade accidentally went off inside the garage at Federal Plaza in lower...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine