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Cops: LI man killed in Queens DWI crash

A Ronkonkoma man doing roadway lighting maintenance work on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens Tuesday morning was struck and killed by a car whose driver was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter, DWI and resisting arrest, police said.

Frank Avino, 63, was working on the lighting system near Jewel Avenue around 11 a.m., the NYPD said, when he was hit by a westbound Audi driven by Munshi Abdullah, 26, of 164-24 86th Rd., in Jamaica Hills, Queens.

EMS personnel responded immediately, police said, but Avino was pronounced dead at the scene.

Abdullah was taken into custody, and charged by the Highway Patrol's Accident Investigation Squad.

Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Department of Transportation commissioner, said in a statement: "This incident reminds us of so many other tragedies on our streets caused by speeding and by drunk and reckless driving, and we will not let up in our efforts to fight each on every front."

Avino worked for Welsbach Electric Corp., which has a contract with the city to install and maintain street lights in Queens, including on the Grand Central Parkway, a city transportion department spokesman said.

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