Jonathan Lopez
Jonathan Lopez

An East Meadow man was sentenced Friday to 10 months in jail for causing a crash that killed an off-duty 25-year-old New York City police officer he was racing three years ago.

A Nassau County jury found Jonathan Lopez guilty in November of assault and reckless endangerment but acquitted the 22-year-old of second-degree manslaughter.

Prosecutors said Lopez was racing his Nissan 350Z against Kevin Jessup, an off-duty police officer, eastbound on the Southern State Parkway near Exit 31 when the two vehicles made contact and Jessup’s car struck a tree, killing him.

Lopez’ vehicle then rear-ended an FBI agent’s Chevrolet Impala, injuring her. Lopez was not injured despite his vehicle rolling over several times in the crash.

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