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Man, 50, working on highway hit by car

An officer inspects the scene of a fatal accident along the Grand Central Parkway, where police said a roadside worker was killed. Photo by Ellis Kaplan
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FOREST HILLS — A Jamaica Hills man was charged with drunk driving after police said he hit and killed a worker along the Grand Central Parkway Tuesday morning., the NYPD said.

At about 11 a.m., police received a call that a 50-year-old man had been hit while working on the thoroughfare.

Emergency crews responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Police identified him as Frank Avino, 63, of Ronkonkoma, L.I.

Avino worked as an electrician for a College Point-based business called Welsbach Electric Corp., according to its parent company.

“We are deeply grieved by the death of our employee today,” a spokeswoman for the company said in an email, adding that Avino was believed to be standing behind a safety barrier when he was struck, although this was not confirmed by police.

Munshi Abdullah, 26, of 164-24 86th Road, was charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, police said.

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