Marco officer involved in crash to retire, receive $10,000

A Marco Island police officer who was fired last year following a crash that seriously injured an 80-year-old woman will be paid $10,000 and allowed to retire with the option to return as an unpaid reserve officer, officials said Monday.

Ed d'Alessandro was terminated in October 2011 following an internal investigation that determined he violated numerous policies and police practices. He was convicted of careless driving in Collier County traffic court for crashing into another vehicle in August of 2011 while driving a police vehicle 80 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The other driver, Patricia Stoye, an 80-year-old police volunteer victim advocate, was seriously injured in the collision. D'Alessandro had been responding to a be-on-the-lookout bulletin about a hit-and-run driver that had been canceled about two or three minutes before the crash, according to earlier Daily News stories.

The city of Marco Island agreed to pay d'Alessandro $10,000 to "cover some of the cost incurred by Mr. d'Alessandro" due to a grievance he filed challenging his termination, according to a news release from Assistant Chief David Baer. D'Alessandro was allowed to retire and will be given the chance to serve as an unpaid reserve police officer "with some specified limitations on his activities."

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Comments » 16

OldMarcoMan writes:

He gets $10,000 and no Jail Time, if it had been you or me we would get Jail Time and at least a $10,000 fine.

marco826 writes:

Lets face it, The police protect their own...I want my money back. No way this clown is entitled to $10,000. No way! Geez!

Throat_Yogurt writes:

MIPD is a joke. So is this fat arse

26yearsonmarco writes:

in response to GorchFock:

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If your Buddy Obamee forms a new Gestapo, I assume you will support it as well.

woozygirl writes:

$100,000 here $10,000 there keep it coming MIPD.

RayPray writes:

in response to Throat_Yogurt:

MIPD is a joke. So is this fat arse

Be careful!

This guy throws a lot of weight around the island with his gun shop & shooting range....

JohninMarco writes:

By retiring, does he now collect a pension too?

dc5799 writes:

What does the injured woman get? Is the City going to take care of her or is that another lawsuit?

NobodysFool57 writes:

MIPD has hired 5 new cops since they canned Ed. I guess they were really hurting at Dunkin' Donuts. The City should've denied the grievance and went to arbitration if necessary, it would've been a slam-dunk. Doing 80 in a 35 zone without the emergency equipment activated is just plain s-----, particularly with his years of experience. So are the police chief and City manager for even considering this settlement.

Throat_Yogurt writes:

in response to RayPray:

Be careful!

This guy throws a lot of weight around the island with his gun shop & shooting range....


RayNetherwood writes:

Why would they let this idiot anywhere near a badge, gun, or cruiser. My wife and I were leaving Joey's when the accident happened. It was horrendous. Marco Island is LUCKY no one was on the sidewalk or sitting at the corner bench. They'd be dead.

Ed shouldn't be getting anything for "fighting" what was a perfectly appropriate termination. If anything, he should be cooling his heels in the slammer for a year or two.


26yearsonmarco writes:

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RayNetherwood writes:

26 ..... wow, you must be a mind reader. The CBS clip is great. Makes me even more ashamed of Obama.

MarcoCitizen writes:

the nutcases running by the city must go

MarcoCitizen writes:

The NUTCASES running the city must go - quickly

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