Steven Kane Photo Source:
Steven Kane
Age 57    Riverhead, NY    November 01 2012
Comments: 16

Source The Middle Island man police say struck and killed a bicyclist on Middle Country Road in Calverton Thursday afternoon admitted to police he was on methadone at the time of the crash, according to prosecutors. William Slatton, 30, was arraigned this morning in Riverhead Justice Court on charges of driving under the influence of drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Slatton pleaded not guilty to all counts and was remanded to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bail after his arraignment. Slatton described himself as the stay-at-home dad of the four young children who were passengers in his 2005 Toyota Camry when, according to police, he veered into oncoming traffic and onto the shoulder of the opposite lane, where his car struck cyclist Steven Kane, 57. Kane was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. See prior story. Slatton, who has prior felony and misdemeanor convictions, is currently on probation, prosecutors told Riverhead Town Justice Allen Smith. He also failed to appear in court three times, the assistant district attorney said. His record prompted the court to set bail at $50,000 cash, $100,000 bond. The case against Slatton will be reviewed by the felony division, which may bring additional charges, prosecutors said. Kane, of Brightwaters, was an engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory. A bicycle racing enthusiast, Kane brought his bike to work and rode every day during his lunch hour, said coworker George Goode, BNL assistant director for for environment, safety and health. Kane was a nationally ranked racer in his age group, married and a new grandfather, Goode said.

Collision Data

Crash time: Afternoon

Closest Intersection:

Land use: Suburban

Road type: Urban Arterial

Where on the road the collision happened: Road

Collision type: Head on

Driver Data

Vehicle type: Automobile

If truck: Unknown

At crash time driver was: Alcohol/Drugs, Suspended or Revoked License


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Legal Status

Legal status: Misdemeanor
Against: Against Driver
Civil Suit filed?:
In favor of:
Type of Charge: charges of driving under the influence of drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child


  • ANGELA LEVINE November 03 2012

    I worked for Steve as a temp for a few months a few years ago. My office was directly across from his. He was great to work for. Every day was entertainment to hear him interact with people. He was intelligent, droll, and vibrant. Then I procured a different position in the same department as Steve. He was a vital asset to our department. No one can ever replace him. He devoted his professional life to making Brookhaven National Laboratory a safer place to work.This is just so wrong that he has been taken from us.

    • Diana Stegall November 04 2012

      I knew Steve through our work together with the American Society of Safety Professionals - and he was a true safety professional.  Very smart and sharp of wit.  His introductions at board dinners are legendary.  Many tried, but none succeeded in having the room laughing as hard as he did.
      He will be sorely missed.

      • Arn M. Heggers November 05 2012

        Steve and I were roomates for a time at the Coast Guard Academy.  He was a great friend, probably more rebellious his freshman year than the Administration or upper class fully appreciated, but he had a passion for life.  He was scheduled for a race in Maine and we were going to get together when he came up….. We never know when that day will come, so doing what we love and maintaining relationships is so important.  He willl be missed.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Barbara, his children and grand daughters.

        • Jeff Moller November 05 2012

          I was a classmate and friend of Steve’s at the US Coast Guard Academy.  Steve was tough, smart, friendly, loyal and so funny.  Always had a twinkle in his eye and something witty to say. He will be sorely missed by his CGA classmates.

          • Paul Langlois November 05 2012

            Steve and I first met in 1972, as entering freshmen at the Coast Guard Academy. He roomed across the hallway from me in our cadet dorms the first year. He was always making people laugh with some of his pranks. A fun man to be around. Later in our adult lives we both connected again through our bike racing competitions at the national age group level.  I am so disheartened to learn that Steve was suddenly killed by a negligent motorist. So tragic. God Bless Steve and his family during this difficult time.

            • Craig Peterson November 05 2012

              I too was one of Steve’s classmates at the US Coast Guard Academy.  While I never roomed with him, everyone knew him.  He was an incredible person that left an indelible impression on all he met.  He will surely be missed by all.

              • Doug Snowball November 05 2012

                We don’t know the day nor the hour…
                Steve and I kept the administration busy at CGA. I don’t know who dragged whom into some of the troubles we incurred (ie. cutting a T-boat loose and it drifting into the Sub-base because we did know about ‘tides’ yet).
                There are many good stories to be told at the next reunion in Steve’s honor.
                Barbara, I will pray for your perseverance and Steve’s soul.
                God bless you all.
                Fondly remembering;

                • Jim (Jacz) Jaczinski November 05 2012

                  Steve and I became great friends at the Academy through our mutual love of muscle cars and hot rods.  He had an unparalleled zest for life with a sharp wit and a hint of sarcasm at just the right moment.  I enjoyed all my experiences with him and his family.  From working on his Triumph TR-3 with the Corvette V-8 at his home on Long Island to being a member of his wedding party.  Steve and I lost touch over the years and just reconnected a few months ago.  Barbara, I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  I look forward to hearing and telling stories in Steve’s honor at the next reunion.  The world has lost a great man!

                  • Stan (Nudz) Zdun November 05 2012

                    Steve and I were on the wrestling team together at the Academy. We shared alot on and off the mat. As Jacz mentioned…his love for hot rods and making very ordinary days extraordinary for all of us. He surely terrified the I-95 corridor with his Saab Sonnett II to see Barbara at her college in VA. I too lost touch with him over the years but often recalled many great and/or terrifying times together. I hope I never forget.
                    Steve loved his family first and foremost….Barbara, you and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

                    • Carl Crampton November 06 2012

                      My thoughts are with Barbara and the girls.
                      I was a classmate of Steve’s at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He loved a good time, was passionate about his likes and dislikes. Our paths crossed a few times in the past few years. He still had an irreverance for bureaucratic red tape but was the ultimate professional. We will all miss him very much.

                      • Glenn Wiltshire November 06 2012

                        I was also a classmate of Steve’s at the Coast Guard Academy.  We could always count on Steve to do something that would tick someone off, yet would get laughs by most.  I also spent a summer with him at Coast Guard Station Fire Island in 1973 when we were some of the lucky few who went to a shore unit instead of a cadet cruise.  He had the local Long Island knowledge to ensure that we enjoyed the finer establishments when not on duty, yet like the rest of our classmates his service after CGA was exemplary.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and the family during their time of sorrow after such a sudden and tragic loss.


                        • Jeffrey Steuer (jj) November 06 2012

                          I was a classmate of Steve at the Coast Guard Academy and also his wrestling teammate.  Steve (Killer) was a most unique wrestler and person.  On the mat, he often contorted into the most unusual positions – as if his limbs and joints were rubber.  He was tough; a most important member of our team.  As a friend and classmate he made all of us better.  Full of life, armed with a complete (sometimes devious) smile he added to every situation.  He will be missed completely.  Barbara, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

                          • Eve Millner November 06 2012

                            My deepest sympathies goes out to Steve’s family.  This is so sad.  I am a fellow cyclist and although I don’t know Steve personally I am so touched by this story. Long may you ride.

                            • Greg MacGarva November 06 2012

                              I too was privileged to be a classmate of Steve at the Coast Guard Academy.  While I did not know him as well as others who were his wrestling teammates or company mates, there is no question that he lived life to the fullest and could be counted upon to be at the center of numerous practical jokes.  That someone as vibrant and with so much left to give to his family and friends could be taken by such a random act is an unspeakable tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Barbara and the rest of his family.

                              • Laurie Kane November 11 2012

                                Thank you all for the amazing comments. Steven was my brother and this has been such an awful time for all of us. Hearing all of your comments helps us remember what a great man he was.

                                • Stephanie Rennie Sanchez November 16 2012

                                  I knew Steve from his work with the American Society of Safety Engineers.  All the words have been said.  I didn’t know him too well, but in my interactions with him, I found him to be incredibly intelligent, witty, and passionate about life.  My prayers will continue to go out for his family during this difficult time.

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