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Queens hurricane death toll hits 11

Man dies Sat. of storm-related injuries

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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 10:30 am

Hurricane Sandy claimed another Queens victim this past weekend.

Albert McSwain, 77, died Saturday night at Jamaica Hospital. He succumbed to injuries he sustained 12 days earlier during the hurricane.

McSwain was found two days after the storm in the stairwell of his Hammels apartment building at 84-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd. He had suffered trauma to his head and body and was paralyzed.

His death pushed the toll from Hurricane Sandy in the borough to 11 fatalities, eight of them coming from the Rockaways.

Three people died in their homes as a result of the storm surge in Belle Harbor, while five other victims, including McSwain, died elsewhere on the Rockaway Peninsula. Most of the victims there were elderly.

A 78-year-old man, William McKeon, died as a result of injuries sustained in the storm last Wednesday. He was found after the storm in a stairwell covered in sand at 106-20 Shore Front Parkway. The others were found dead shortly after the hurricane.

Three more people died during the storm in Queens. Rose Faggiano, 85, drowned in her Howard Beach home when the storm surge flooded her home near Charles Park. Neighbors heard her screaming and attempted to help her, but could not reach her home during the flood.

Tony Laino, 29, and Lauren Abraham, 23, were also Queens residents killed during the storm. Laino was crushed by a tree that fell onto his home near Kissena Park. Abraham was electrocuted by a live wire during the storm when she stepped outside her home to take pictures in South Richmond Hill.

Forty-three people have died in New York City due to Hurricane Sandy — more than half of them being in hard-hit Staten Island. Seven were killed in Brooklyn and two in Manhattan.

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  • johannaL posted at 11:12 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

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    Please donate to help the Laino family who tragically lost their son/brother and had their home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy http://www.gofundme.com/tonylaino