Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for DUI-Related Death of Nassau County Officer

Officer Joseph Olivieri;  Photo:

Officer Joseph Olivieri; Photo:

A New York man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 2012 DUI-related death of a Nassau County police officer, although the man himself was not the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed the officer.

James Ryan had been driving under the influence when he struck multiple vehicles on the Long Island Expressway before being stopped by Officer Joseph Olivieri. 

As Olivieri was speaking with Ryan, an SUV crashed into Ryan's vehicle and then struck Officer Olivieri, killing him.

Although Ryan was not driving the SUV that struck Officer Olivieri, he was convicted of aggravated criminally negligent hocide, vehicular manslaughter, drunk driving and reckless endangerment. and sentenced based on the doctrine of "causation/foreseeability," where the individual should have foreseen the implications of his/her actions.

Officer Olivieri had been with the Nassau County police department for 14 years and had previously served with the NYPD for 5 years before that.


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