Lynbrook Man Arrested in Long Beach Three-Car Collision

Fire department had to secure scaffolding at landmark building after the crash early Saturday; Lynbrook man charged with DWI and other charges.


A Lynbrook man was charged with driving while intoxicated after his involvement in a three-car accident, crashing into scaffolding at Granada Towers, the landmark apartment building at the corner of Riverside Boulevard and East Park Avenue, early Saturday morning.

Thomas Tomasello, 26, of Lynbrook was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, and refusal to take a breath test at Long Beach Boulevard and East Park Avenue on March 18.

The responded to the accident scene where three vehicles were totaled, a fire hydrant was knocked from the ground and scaffolding was damaged, according to an account from a post-accident witness that was confirmed by Chief Richard Corbett.

The LBFD assigned two truck companies to set up and inspect the scaffolding at the six-story building. After the wood planking on the upper floors was secured, the fire department released all their units from the scene.

Scott Kemins, who commissioner of both the LBFD and the city's building department, said he had a building inspector on site to confirm the stability of the scaffolding, which is about 80 feet high.

This story was updated at 4:57 p.m. on 3.20.12. Patch will have more information on this accident as it becomes available.

Allison Sitzman March 21, 2012 at 12:53 AM
There is no mention of the time of the accident. Am I wrong to assume that 3/18 means sometime not long after 11:59 p.m on 3/17 (St. Patrick's Day)?


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