A Williston Park man has been convicted of killing a 41-year-old Albertson man in a hit-and-run crash near the driver’s Garden City home last summer and trying to cover it up.

Nassau County Judge Jerald Carter found Raymond Kalenka guilty Thursday of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and tampering with physical evidence.

Prosecutors said the 46-year-old man was driving his Mercedes-Benz northbound on Broad Street when he hit Dean LaLima, who was lying in the roadway in the early morning hours of Aug. 12, 2012.

The victim, who was returning home from his job at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Garden City, died at the scene of a fractured skull, collarbone and pelvis.

Kalenka fled the scene, returned to remove a car part that had been knocked loose, and then fled a second time without calling 911, authorities said.

Police arrested Kalenka two days later.


He  faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 1.



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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.