Woman, 82, dies after Farmingdale car crash

An 82-year-old elderly woman from Queens was killed early Sunday in Farmingdale when her car crashed just after 12: 15 a.m. as she was driving home from work after her shift at a West Babylon nursing home, Suffolk police said. Videojournalist: Paul Mazza (May 26, 2013)

An 82-year-old Queens woman was killed early Sunday when she lost control of her car and hit a pole in Farmingdale as she drove home from her job at a West Babylon nursing home, Suffolk police said.

Vera Quashie was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow after she crashed her 2009 Hyundai Accent, where she was pronounced dead, police said. Quashie was on her way home from the Berkshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she worked as a nurse's aide, her daughter said.

Quashie's daughter, Linda Williams of Rosedale, said her mother enjoyed her job at the nursing home, where she worked for more than 20 years.


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"She was still working," Williams said. "Because that's the type of person she is. It was hard to keep still. She liked to keep working."

Williams said her mother, who moved to Queens in 1970 from Trinidad, didn't mind the long commute between Rosedale and West Babylon, but had finally decided she would retire in August.

"She was just going to relax and enjoy the rest of her life," Williams said.

Wayne Orlowitz, a social worker at the nursing home, offered condolences to Quashie's family. "We're upset with regard to her loss and for her family," he said.

Quashie was alone in the car, police said. Authorities ask anyone with information to contact the First Squad at 631-854-8152.

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