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Crash victim was reported missing in Philadelphia

Frank Winfrey, 98, of Philadelphia, died in a

Frank Winfrey, 98, of Philadelphia, died in a car accident in Roslyn Heights on Oct. 28, 2013. Credit: Handout

The 98-year-old man killed after his vehicle and a Mack dump truck collided in Roslyn Heights is the same Philadelphia man reported missing by Philadelphia police, the law-enforcement agency confirmed Wednesday.

Frank Winfrey, reported missing Monday by Philadelphia police, was driving a 1995 burgundy Chevrolet Tahoe south on Roslyn Road at about 5:40 a.m. Tuesday when it collided with the truck, which was going west on Powerhouse Road, Nassau County police said.

The truck then careened into a utility pole, police said; the downed power lines forced about 30 customers in the area to go without electricity for about eight hours, according to the Long Island Power Authority.

Winfrey was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:14 a.m., police said.

The truck driver, 39, and his passenger, 43, were treated for minor injuries at a hospital, police said.

Philadelphia police had issued a public alert just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for Winfrey, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The alert said Winfrey suffers from dementia and had been reported missing since 2:30 p.m. Monday, when he left his home to run errands.

Winfrey was formerly a sergeant with the Philadelphia police and retired in 1966, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday.

A woman who answered the phone at Winfrey's home Tuesday night hung up.

Nassau police said both the Chevrolet and the Mack truck were impounded for safety checks.

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