Police: Melville worker died from industrial accident

An aerial image shows the industrial dumping site

An aerial image shows the industrial dumping site off of Spagnoli Drive in Melville. (Credit: Google)

A truck driver unloading debris at a Melville industrial site was found dead Monday by colleagues who noticed him lying behind his vehicle, Suffolk police said.

Mauricio Edy Zambranovera, 23, of Queens, was pronounced dead at 110 Sand and Gravel Co., a Spagnoli Drive landfill for construction debris, police said.

At the time of the accident, he had been standing behind his truck as it unloaded wood and other construction material, said homicide Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick.

The nature of his injuries indicate he may have been struck by one of the several, massive machines moving earth and debris around the landfill, the detective said.

"He was possibly struck by another vehicle at the landfill and was crushed," he said. "These machines are huge -- with that size of machine, you might not know that you ran over a car."

Zambranovera suffered major internal injuries, police said.

The driver of the massive, earth-moving machine that may have hit him did not know he had struck anyone, police said. The machine is about two stories high.

Other workers found Zambranovera and called 911 at 1:11 p.m., police said.

"It's clear, looking at the scene that he was the victim of an industrial accident," Fitzpatrick said, and no criminality appears to have been involved.

Zambranovera worked for City Recycling in Brooklyn, police said. His body was taken to the office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner, where an autopsy will be conducted.

Officials of 110 Sand and Gravel could not be reached for comment Monday.

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