Judge Jerald Carter convicted Raymond Kalenka 46, of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and tampering with physical evidence after a two-week bench trial in August.
He is eligible for parole in 16 months.
On Aug. 12, 2012, LaLima, of Albertson, was found lying in the street at about 4:10 a.m. at the intersection of Syracuse Street and Broad Street in Williston Park after being struck by Kalenka, who was traveling northbound on Broad Street. LaLima suffered a fractured skull, collarbone and pelvis, and crushing injuries to his head and legs. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Nassau County Ambulance Advanced Medical Technician at 4:20 a.m.
“This defendant had every opportunity to remain at the scene and contact the police, but he chose to leave a dying man in the street and hide the evidence of what he had done,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. “Mr. Kalenka showed no regard for the victim’s condition after the incident - only saving his own skin.”
LaLima's father, John, plans to file a civil suit against Kalenka for wrongful death.
“Whatever I can get from him to make him suffer as much as possible,” he said. “I don’t care about the money, I don’t need the money, it’s not about money, (it’s) to make him suffer.”