Raymond Kalenka, 46, of Williston Park, found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and tampering with physical evidence.
(Long Island, NY) A Williston Park resident was convicted Thursday of fatally striking a pedestrian in Garden City with his vehicle and leaving the man to die without informing authorities, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.
Raymond Kalenka, 46, was driving northbound on Broad Street in a Mercedes-Benz when he hit Dean LaLima, an Albertson resident, at approximately 4:10 a.m. on Aug. 12, 2012.
LaLima, the popular manager of local Garden City restaurant Grimaldi’s Pizza, was pronounced dead at the scene by a Nassau County Ambulance Advanced Medical Technician from a wide array of injuries that included a fractured skull, collarbone and pelvis.
After striking LaLima, Kalenka fled the scene without contacting authorities; however, he reportedly came back to retrieve a piece of his vehicle that had been knocked off from the accident. He then left the scene a second time, again without informing the police, according to reports.
Police investigating the hit-and-run tracked down Kalenka two days later and placed him under arrest.
Kalenka was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and tampering with physical evidence by Nassau County Judge Jerald Carter.
Kalenka is scheduled to be sentenced on October 1, where he faces a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.