A Nassau County Highway Patrolman was struck and killed on the Long Island Expressway early Thursday morning.
Joseph P. Olivieri, 43, a Nassau police veteran since 1998 and Highway Patrol officer since 2005, was struck in the vicinity of North Hills between exits 34-36 in the eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway while investigating a motor vehicle accident at about 4:58 a.m. which occurred the HOV lane.
Upon arriving at the scene, Olivieri exited his vehicle to investigate when he was reportedly struck by another car.
The fatality shut down the eastbound portions of the LIE at 6:22 a.m., causing major delays to the Queens line. Eastbound traffic was being diverted to the service road and the Northern State Parkway was also experiencing heavy delays.
The last officer killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop was Michael Califano, of Wantagh, when a flatbed truck collided with his police cruiser on Feb. 4, 2011, also on the LIE.