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Sandy death toll on LI reaches five

Waves threaten to spill into the parking lot

Waves threaten to spill into the parking lot of Main Beach in East Hampton from megastorm Sandy. (Oct. 29, 2012) Credit: Gordon M. Grant

The Long Island death toll from superstorm Sandy has reached five, as police Wednesday morning announced a motorcyclist was killed in a Garden City crash at an intersection where the traffic lights did not work, authorities said.

At least 22 people died in New York City because of Sandy, officials said.

In the latest Long Island fatality, a 20-year-old man riding with his girlfriend on a motorcycle was killed Tuesday night when he collided with a van at a Garden City intersection where traffic signals had failed due to superstorm Sandy, Nassau County police said.

Suffolk County officials Tuesday afternoon confirmed that a body had been found in the surf in East Hampton. Vanessa Baird-Streeter, spokeswoman for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, said she had no additional details.

A New Jersey woman was killed early Tuesday at a darkened Port Jefferson Station intersection -- where Sandy had knocked out traffic and streetlights -- when a Suffolk police car struck the vehicle in which she was a passenger, the agency said.

The collision, at Route 347 and Route 112, left Vishwaja Muppa, 21, of Edison, N.J., dead at the scene.

A 39-year-old Lloyd Harbor man was killed Monday in his driveway about 7:25 p.m., Suffolk County police said.

Police said John Miller, who lived on Oak Hill Road, was preparing to drive his wife and two daughters, ages 3 and 5, to a neighbor's house two blocks away when he was killed by a falling tree. The neighbor had a generator and electricity; the Millers did not.

Village police tripped over dead downed electric wires in the dark as they and Suffolk detectives found their way to the Miller house.

Miller was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Roslyn man was killed Monday at 7:30 p.m. on Engineers Road by a falling tree, Nassau County police said.

Safar Shafinoori, 84, went outside to move his vehicle when he was struck by a tree, police said.

He was pronounced dead shortly after at a nearby hospital, police said.

With Tania Lopez, John Hildebrand, and Gary Dymski

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