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."