Andrew Droskoski, a freelance film producer and videographer, died in a single-car crash in Riverhead early Sunday. The Long Island native was 28.
Droskoski was driving a 1989 Cadillac DeVille north on Fresh Pond Avenue just before 5:30 a.m., police said, when he crossed over the southbound lane and struck a tree on the roadway's west side. The crash is under investigation.
Droskoski's brother, James Droskoski, 37, of Centerport, said Andrew had worked on a number of well-known television shows, including "The Apprentice," and his passion was riding ATVs on the East End.
In the last year, James Dros-koski said, his brother had visited Canada, Italy and Nigeria to document the life of Patrick A.I. Nwamu, a former professional boxer who is now a kickboxer. Nwamu says he is a crown prince of Asaba, the capital of Delta State, in Nigeria.
James Droskoski said their father died less than two years ago, and Andrew had been living back home, taking care of their mother and keeping up the family tradition of pickle and horseradish making.
Andrew's freelance lifestyle allowed him to be generous with his time, James Droskoski said. In recent weeks, he said, Andrew had helped him nurse an injured foot and another brother get his boat ready for the season.
"You could always rely on him to be there," said Droskoski. "You knew you could always count on him for that."
Funeral arrangements are not final. In addition to James, Droskoski is survived by another brother, Bradley Droskoski, 34, of Center Moriches; his mother, Marjorie Droskoski, 64, of Riverhead, and two stepsisters, Kimberly Ann Kelley Ford, 43, and Deborah Armstrong, 45, both of Tampa, Fla.