Drunk driver hits and kills worker on Grand Central Parkway


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According to police, at approximately 11 a.m. a vehicle travelling on the westbound side of the Grand Central Parkway hit and killed  63-year-old Frank Avino of Ronkonkoma, Long Island, who was working on the left lane of the roadway at Jewel Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, 26-year-old Munshi Abdullah of Jamaica, Queens was taken into custody at the scene and arrested. He has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, DWI and resisting arrest, said police.

Avino, a contractor for Welsbach Electric Corp., was doing work for the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) at the time of the accident, said the DOT. Welsbach has a contract with the city to install and maintain streetlights in Queens, including on the Grand Central Parkway.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and to his loved ones. This incident reminds us of so many other tragedies on our streets caused by speeding and by drunk and reckless driving, and we will not let up in our efforts to fight each on every front,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.