Sandy death toll rises to 13 on Long Island

A South Carolina tree trimmer who was killed after being struck on the head by a falling tree limb he was attempting to cut was among four more people Long Island authorities identified Thursday as having died as a result of superstorm Sandy.

David Freberg, 36, of York, S.C., died after he was struck by a broken tree limb just after noon Monday in a wooded area behind James Neck Road in Nissequogue. Police said he was attempting to trim a fallen tree that was damaged during Sandy.

Freberg was working for Patriot Tree Service, a company based out of South Carolina at the time.


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He was transported by St. James Ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He is the fourth storm-related victim killed by a falling tree in Suffolk County.

In Nassau Thursday, police released the identities of three more people killed as a result of the storm, bringing the total number of Long Island fatalities from Sandy to 13.

Santiago Adiazde, 59, of Hempstead, was killed after being struck by a 2007 Nissan Altima while trying to cross a street in Valley Stream on Nov. 8. Police said Adiazde was crossing Linden Street at Franklin Avenue. Due to power outages, traffic lights and several streetlights were not working at the time. She was pronounced dead at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola.

Abigalo Piedraheta, 79, of New Cassel, was found dead on her kitchen floor on Nov. 2 next to a burning barbecue grill, said Nassau Det. Mike Bitsko. He said Piedraheta's home had no power at the time and all the windows and doors were closed. Bitsko said Piedraheta's husband found her, and it is believed she died of carbon monoxide poisoning, Bitsko said. A medical examiner's report is pending.

Lewis Bodi, 87, of Glen Cove was killed after a fire ignited at about 10 p.m. Nov. 4 inside his home on Whitney Circle. Bitsko said Bodi was attempting to use a kerosene lamp after losing power at his home. Bitsko said Bodi spilled fuel on himself and somehow was ignited.

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