No jail time for truck driver John Kaley in death of officer Michael Califano

A driver who fell asleep at the wheel and killed a Nassau officer on the Long Island Expressway will not get jail time after taking

John Kaley admitted to falling asleep at the wheel of his truck on the LIE, leading to the crash that killed the veteran officer.

John Kaley admitted to falling asleep at the wheel of his truck on the LIE, leading to the crash that killed the veteran officer. (2/21/13)

MINEOLA - A driver who fell asleep at the wheel and killed a Nassau officer on the Long Island Expressway will not get jail time after taking a plea deal.

John Kaley admitted to falling asleep at the wheel of his truck on the LIE, causing his rig to plow into Nassau Highway Patrol Officer Michael Califano's patrol car at exit 39 two years ago.

Kaley was charged with criminally negligent homicide, but prosecutor Maureen McCormick says recent court precedents make it tough to get convictions in cases like this.

After serving less than two days in jail, Kaley was freed. The judge ruled he would not add additional jail time or give Kaley probation. Kaley's license was revoked and he was ordered to pay a $500 fine.

The PBA and District Attorney Kathleen Rice say they will travel to Albany later this year to press for a law that would severely punish drowsy drivers in the future.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police say 14-year-old Nicolo Signore was hit while 1 Teen fatally struck by car in Miller Place
FILE - In this June 16, 2016 file 2 Democrats elect Perez party chairman on second ballot
Edna Gruvman, of Dix Hills, was in attendance 3 Hundreds rally for health care protection in Huntington
The Roosevelt community came together Saturday to honor 4 Roosevelt community honors fallen war hero
A pedestrian was struck by a car and 5 Pedestrian struck by car, killed in Ronkonkoma

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE