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An 85-year-old man who was struck by a car as he crossed Atlantic Avenue in Freeport has died from his injuries, Nassau County police said Thursday.

A police spokeswoman identified the pedestrian as Herman Krobath of Freeport.

Elaine Krobath, 48, of Medford, the victim's daughter, said her father died several hours after being hit, at about 6 p.m. Monday at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.

Krobath, who did not drive, was crossing Atlantic Avenue near West End Avenue at about 12:50 p.m. when he was struck by a 2009 Toyota driven by an 86-year-old woman, initially identified as being 76, Nassau police said.

His daughter said on Thursday he had just finished dropping a letter into the corner mailbox when he was struck by the car.

Police said they could find no apparent criminality in the accident.

Elaine Krobath said her father was an avid hunter and fisherman, interested in nutrition and healthy eating, and a fan of television game shows.

"He was a wonderful man, a good man," she said, "always ready to help anyone in the neighborhood. That's why this hurts so much."

A retired truck mechanic for the City of New York, Krobath and his wife, Martha, were married for 59 years.

Survivors also include sons Eric Krobath, 53, of Freeport, and Herman Krobath, 60, of Massachusetts, and three grandchildren.

Visiting is Friday at the Hungerford & Clark Funeral Home in Freeport. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, Freeport, followed by burial at Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn.

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