Police Officer Michael J. Califano Nassau County Police Department New York End of Watch: Saturday, February 5, 2011

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Police Officer Michael J. Califano
Nassau County Police Department
New York

End of Watch: Saturday, February 5, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 44
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Friday, February 4, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Charged with negligent homicide

Police Officer Michael Califano was killed when his patrol car was struck by a truck as he conducted a vehicle stop.
Officer Califano pulled over a box truck on the Long Island Expressway, near exit 39, for insufficient lighting. As Officer Califano was sitting in his patrol car writing a summons, it was struck by a flatbed tow truck. The force of the impact pushed the patrol car under the box truck and knocked the box truck into traffic. The flatbed truck ended up a on top of the police car. It took rescuers thirty minutes to remove the roof of the patrol car and remove Officer Califano.
Officer Califano was taken to the Nassau University Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.
The driver of the flatbed truck was arrested and charged with one count of criminally negligent homicide, three counts of assault and failure to move over for an emergency vehicle.
Officer Califano had served with the Nassau County Police Department for 12 years. He was assigned to the Highway Patrol.

Agency Contact Information
Nassau County Police Department
1490 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, NY 11501
Phone: (516) 573-2000
Please contact the Nassau County Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – A Nassau County police officer has died after a wreck on the Long Island Expressway.

It happened around 10:55 p.m. near exit 39 in Old Westbury.

According to detectives, Nassau County Highway Patrol Officer Michael J. Califano was conducting a traffic stop. The officer’s police vehicle was hit from behind by a truck.

Califano, 44, sustained fatal injuries and died at the hospital.  Califano was a 12 year veteran of the force.

John Kaley,  25, of New Britain, Conn. has been charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide, 3 counts of Assault 3rd Degree and Failing to move over for an Emergency Vehicle. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Saturday.

Califano is survived by his wife, Jacqueline and three children; Michael, Christopher and Andrew.

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