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Dean LaLima Hit and Run Suspect Due Back in Court May 30

Raymond F. Kalenka has been out of jail since posting $25,000 bail last August.

Hit and run suspect Raymond F. Kalenka. (Credit: NCPD)
Hit and run suspect Raymond F. Kalenka. (Credit: NCPD)
Williston Park resident Raymond F. Kalenka is due back in court on Thursday for additional conference hearings relating to his alleged hit-and-run of beloved Grimaldi's Pizza manager Dean LaLima last summer, the Nassau County District Attorney's office confirmed Tuesday.

Kalenka has been out on $25,000 bail since August 2012.

Mr. LaLima, 41, of Albertson, was found lying in the street on Aug. 12, 2012 at about 4:10 a.m. at the intersection of Syracuse and Broad streets in Williston Park after being struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on Broad Street. He was pronounced deceased by a Nassau County Ambulance Advanced Medical Technician at 4:20 a.m.

Kalenka was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death.

The tragedy was the second to hit Grimaldi’s in less than a year. The popular pizzeria’s owner, Russell Ciolli, died unexpectedly in November 2011. He was 39.

According to a Patch reader, a small memorial was set up at the site where Mr. LaLima was killed nearly 10 months ago.
Sue Eigl May 29, 2013 at 07:17 AM
HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE SOME JUSTICE FOR dEAN'S fAMILY AFTER SUCH A HORRIBLE TRAGEDY AND LOSS! i DONT KNOW WHAT KIND OF PERSON LEAVES ANOTHER PERSON TO DIE IN THE ROAD! OH I KNOW A PERSON WHO SHOULD NOT BE OUT AND ABOUT IN OUR SOCIETY SOMEBODY WHO ONLY WORRIED ABOUT HIMSELF AND WHAT WOUYLD HAPPEN TO HIM!! ITS DISGUSTING
Jack O'Niel May 29, 2013 at 09:19 AM
This is an odd case, what where they doing in that area? I don't think either of them lived there. I can't believe he's been out on bail this long after leaving the scene, it's just ridiculous.
Mindy F. Wolfle May 29, 2013 at 09:45 AM
Why does justice move so slowly when it's supposed to be speedy? Until this man is convicted and appropriately sentenced, there will be no justice for Dean's family, friends, co-workers and customers.
John E. Law June 03, 2013 at 02:15 PM
@ Jack O'Niel..Can you clarify your comments in your post. You stated "what were they doing in that area? What area are you referring too? Not everyone who works in Garden City lives in Garden City. The fact of the matter is that Mr LaLima resided in Williston Park and was struck and killed, left for dead on the side of the road.
Jack O'Niel June 03, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I was just wondering if perhaps they knew each other because it was early in the morning. Just seems odd to have a hit-and-run on a residential street that early in the morning doesn't it?
Sue Eigl June 03, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Dean lived in that area and I believe the suspect also lives around there
Jack O'Niel June 04, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Thanks, I didn't know both lived in the area.

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