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Update: Nassau Officer Fatally Struck on LIE

Veteran officer Joseph P. Olivieri killed on expressway Thursday.

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.

CM October 18, 2012 at 05:39 PM
So sad. My condolences to his family.
Anthony DiMichele October 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Heaven is a little safer today. Rest in peace Police Officer Olivieri.
Joe October 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Joseph P. Olivieri was a true hero, he put his life in danger everyday on the job and made the ultimate sacrifice, my thoughts and prayers go out to officer's Olvieri's family and friends.
Mitch October 19, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Senseless Death. I have to ask- How could the NCPD allow this to happen ? How is it that a car even got so close to the accident scene to hit the officer ? One would think the PD would have closed down the LIE at the exit prior to the accident and divert all traffic on to the service road. Officer Olivieri rolled up after it was already an accident scene with patrol cars and flashing lights already present. This just seems like something that could have been avoided. Damn shame.

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