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Driver arraigned in Grand Central Parkway fatal

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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:57 pm | Updated: 2:27 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

Queens, NY — The Queens driver accused of killing a highway worker on the Grand Central Parkway on Monday morning was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the office of District Attorney Richard Brown said Munshi Abdullah, 26, of Jamaica, has been ordered held on $350,000 bail on charges of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter , driving by an unlicensed operator,  and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

He is accused of striking and killing 63-year-old Frank Avino of Long Island, who was setting up cones at a work site on the Grand Central near Jewel Avenue.

The statement from Brown’s office alleges that a portable breath test showed Abdullah to have a blood alcohol reading of .21 percent, or nearly three times the legal limit of .08.

“The defendant is accused of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol and striking and killing a hardworking family man,” Brown said. “By his alleged actions, the defendant illustrated the lethal consequences resulting from driving while intoxicated.”

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