Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00
The Nassau County Homicide Squad reported “with deepest sympathy” the details of a fatal auto accident that occurred on Friday, Feb. 4, at 10:55 p.m. in Old Westbury.
According to detectives, a Nassau County Highway Patrol Officer, Michael J. Califano, 44, a 12-year veteran of the force and resident of Wantagh, was conducting a Vehicle and Traffic Law stop westbound on the Long Island Expressway at Exit 39. Another vehicle, detectives explained, then struck the officer’s police vehicle from behind and Califano sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision.
The defendant John Kaley 25, of Connecticut, has been charged with one count of Criminally Negligent Homicide, three counts of Assault 3rd Degree and Failing to Move Over for an Emergency Vehicle. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead in Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano issued the following statement:
“My deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano of the Highway Patrol Bureau, who lost his life in the line of duty on Feb. 5, 2011. Police Officer Califano’s dedication to keeping Nassau County safe deserves the highest recognition and sincere gratitude. This is a tragic day for the County of Nassau and the Nassau County Police Department. Officer Califano joined the Nassau County Police Department in 1998 and served as an exemplary police officer and model citizen. Officer Califano leaves behind his wife, Jacqueline and three children: Michael, Christopher and Andrew. On a personal level, I have known the Califano family for many years and my thoughts and prayers go out to them, their friends and fellow police officers during this sad time.
“On behalf of the people of Nassau County, I have ordered all Nassau County buildings to fly our Nation’s flag at half-staff in memory of Police Officer Michael Califano.”