Cops: Philly man, 98, killed in Roslyn Heights crash

A 98-year-old Philadelphia man died after his vehicle and a Mack dump truck collided early Tuesday in Roslyn Heights, a crash that also downed a utility pole and knocked out power to area homes, Nassau police said.

Frank Winfrey was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:14 a.m., police said.

Nassau police said the truck was going west on Powerhouse Road at 5:40 a.m. when it hit Winfrey's vehicle, which was heading south on Roslyn Road. The truck then careened into a utility pole, police said.


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The truck driver, 39, and his passenger, 43, were treated for minor injuries at a hospital, police said.

Philadelphia police and a Nassau police spokeswoman could not confirm Tuesday whether Winfrey is the same man who has been missing from his Philadelphia home since Monday.

Philadelphia police had issued a public alert just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for a Frank Winfrey, also age 98, also driving a 1995 Chevy.

The alert said Winfrey suffers from dementia and had been reported missing since 2:30 p.m. Monday, when he left his home to run errands. He was driving a burgundy 1995 Chevy Tahoe, Philadelphia police said. The alert was still active, a Philadelphia detective said Tuesday night.

A woman who answered the phone at the missing Winfrey's home hung up.

Nassau police said both the Chevy and the Mack truck were impounded for safety checks.

The fatal crash forced the closure of Powerhouse Road near Roslyn Road until just after 1:30 p.m. for investigation and repairs.

LIPA said power has since been restored to more than 30 customers who were left without electricity in Roslyn Heights.

With John Valenti

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