Daughter of DWI victim: Dad 'loved everybody around him'

RONKONKOMA - The daughter of a Ronkonkoma man who was killed when he was struck by a suspected drunk driver yesterday says her father did not deserve to die so senselessly. Police say Frank Avino, 63, was killed in Queens while working as a city-contracted electrician on Grand Central Parkway. City officials say Avino was working on the street lights at around 11 a.m. when an alleged drunk driver crashed into him. Dawn-Marie Avino Waits, the victim's daughter, wants the world to know what kind of a man her father was. She tells News 12 Long Island that her father did not deserve to die the way that he did and that "he had a heart bigger than the world and he loved everybody around him." She also says that she hopes her father's death will make drivers think twice about getting behind the wheel while drunk, so that another family won't have to lose a loved one too soon. The NYPD has arrested Munshi Abdullah, 26, of the Jamaica Hills section of Queens. He is charged with vehicular manslaughter, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

News 12 is told the driver of the 1 Officials: 2 struck by car in Massapequa
The vigil for Banegas took place at the 2 Vigil held for victim in Central Islip Park killing
Police say two men were killed Saturday in 3 Police: 2 killed in West Babylon crash
Police say a motorcyclist was killed in a 4 Manorville man killed in motorcycle crash
State police say a man allegedly exposed himself 5 Man exposes himself to 3 women running near Bethpage State Parkway

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE