Police Officer Joseph Olivieri
Nassau County Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Tour of Duty: 19 years
Badge Number: 2846
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: October 18, 2012
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Commissioner Thomas Dale
Nassau County Police Department
1490 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, NY 11501
Phone: (516) 573-7000
Police Officer Joseph Olivieri was struck and killed by a vehicle while investigating an accident in the HOV lane of the Long Island Expressway, near Exit 35.
He had exited his patrol car when another vehicle entered the crash scene and struck him. He was transported to North Shore University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Olivieri had served with the Nassau County Police Department for 14 year and had previously served with the New York City Police Department for five years.
A Nassau County police officer was fatally struck by an SUV while helping a driver involved in a car crash on the Long Island Expressway early Thursday morning.
Highway Patrol Officer Joseph Olivieri was pulling a crash victim from a car in the eastbound HOV lane near exit 35 in North Hills when he was hit by a Cadillac Escalade at 4:45 a.m., police said.
“We’re still in the process of putting it all together,” Nassau Police Commissioner Tom Dale told reporters during a news conference at police headquarters in Mineola.
The scene was nearby where another highway patrolman was killed during a traffic stop in February 2011. Olivieri is the third Nassau cop to die in the line of duty since last year.
It is too soon to say if there was any drugs or alcohol involved or what charges, if any, may be filed, Dale said. Investigators are still interviewing the drivers involved.
The Toyota Camry driver that Olivieri helped had fled the scene of crash with a BMW near the New Hyde Park Road overpass before colliding with a Honda Civic shortly later, Homicide Squad Det. Lt. John Azzata said.
Olivieri responded to the scene of the second crash, turned on his flashing lights, parked his patrol car in the right lane and got out when a Ford Explorer stopped in the left lane, Azzata said.
That’s when the Cadillac driver came upon the scene and unsuccessfully tried to avoid colliding with the stopped vehicles, Azzata said. Olivieri radioed for help after being hit by the truck.
The 43-year-old officer, a 19-year police veteran, was taken to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where he died.
Dale said Olivieri served five years with the NYPD and 13 with Nassau police. He had been a highway patrolman since 2005.
Nassau Police Benevolent Association President James Carver said Olivieri was a cheerful guy who was loved by his colleagues. County Executive Ed Mangano ordered flags at half staff for the next 30 days.
Olivieri is survived by his 19-year-old son Daniel, 21-year-old daughter Amanda, two brothers, mother and father.
“This is a tragic day,” Mangano said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”