Tony Laino was riding out Hurricane Sandy where most of Queens did outside the evacuation zone — at home. He died there. A huge tree crashed into his bedroom at 47-34 166 St. near Kissena Park, killing him. Laino was the first fatality reported in New York City during Sandy.
Across town at roughly the same time, Lauren Abraham, 23, stepped out of her home at 105-05 134 St. in South Richmond Hill to take pictures of the storm. She stepped on a live power line that had been snapped by Sandy's winds and was electrocuted.
Laino and Abraham were the first two Queens victims of the storm, which police say killed seven more people in the borough. Six people were found dead in the Rockaways so far, all of them attributed to the storm. Three of the victims were found in their flooded out homes, police say.
Rick Gold, 67, and Henry Sullivan, 57, were found in the basements of their homes on Beach 133rd and 136th streets respectively. Police say the victims drowned in the storm surge. On Saturday — five days after the storm — 90-year-old George Stathis was found dead in his home at 154 Beach 121 St. in Belle Harbor. The fourth identified victim, Ed Toussaint, 58, was also found in the basement of his home, at 420 Beach 69 St. in Arverne. T
wo other elderly victims, a 72-year-old woman and an 84-year-old woman were also found dead in the Rockaways, but police have no released their names.
The eighth victim, 85-year-old Rose Faggiano; was found dead in her home at 154-25 98 St. in Old Howard Beach. Neighbors said they heard her screaming for help and had tried to save her as the storm surge flooded her home during the height of the hurricane on Monday night.
Forty-one people have died in New York City due to Sandy, the most in Staten Island, where victims are still being found in their homes flattened by the storm surge.