Nasasu County PD (NY) PO Michael J Califano
The NYS move over law just went into affect 1/1/11, and then this, 5 weeks later.
Police Officer Michael J. Califano
Nassau County Police Department
End of Watch: Saturday, February 5, 2011
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: Not available
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.