A 92-year-old cabdriver died after "a possible medical episode" sent his taxi crashing into a home Thursday morning in Oakdale, Suffolk police said.
Joseph Saccente may have been "clutching his chest" just before he rammed into the den of a Shore Drive home at 7:11 a.m., said Det. Sgt. Bryan McMenemy of the Fifth Precinct. Residents and two guests were in the home, and one guest had been sleeping in the den just before the crash, he said.
"She had gotten up minutes before the accident," he said.
The occupants were eating breakfast on the other side of the house when the cab hit, police said, and were not hurt.
The cab was headed north on Shore Drive when it careened across lawns, hitting mailboxes before crashing into the house, police said.
Saccente, of West Sayville, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
He worked for Colonial Taxi in Sayville. Calls to Colonial were not returned Thursday.
Detectives Thursday afternoon were waiting to interview a garbage truck driver who may have seen Saccente seconds before the crash, McMenemy said. The driver told others he saw the cabbie clutching his chest, police said.
Saccente had the proper license and no history of recent crashes, police said.
"He had been working there for five years, and he enjoyed driving," McMenemy said. "He just wanted to work."
With John Valenti