Hurricane Sandy's Death Toll in City Climbs to 40

By Aidan Gardiner and Murray Weiss  on November 1, 2012 7:15am  | Updated on November 2, 2012 12:40am

NEW YORK CITY — Hurricane Sandy’s death toll in the city continued to rise, as search crews kept making tragic discoveries of bodies.

The epicenter of the search four days into Sandy's aftermath lay in Staten Island, where victims included a pair of young boys who were swept out of their mother's arms and dragged away by a deadly wave. It added to the death toll that counted among its victims people killed by falling trees and a woman electrocuted in an electrified puddle.

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BROOKLYN
Jessie Streich-Kest, 24, and Jacob Vogelman, 23, were killed by a falling tree while walking their dog on a Ditmas Park street the night the storm struck, the FDNY and residents reported. A neighbor found the couple the next morning on October 30, 2012, fire officials said, and Streich-Kest and Vogelman were pronounced dead at the scene. Their dog was alive and taken in by a neighbor.

A neighbor found an 87-year-old man lying face down in the living room of his apartment at 2730 Neptune Ave., having died from an apparent drowning.

MANHATTAN

Herminia St. John, 75, died in her Gramercy home at 444 Second Ave. after power for her respirator shut off during the storm on Monday October 29. “Electricity went out. She suffered cardiac arrest,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. She was found dead by a relative, police said.

Anthony Narh, a Bronx resident, was found dead inside a car on the first floor of Empire Parking Garage at 92 Laight St. in TriBeCa . Narh, who was in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe he worked at the garage.

A 55-year-old man was found dead inside a commercial building at 90 Broad St. in TriBeCa on Monday October 29 around 10 p.m., while Sandy continued to pummel New York. “He was outside the building, and somehow he landed inside,” an NYPD spokesman said. It’s believed floodwaters might have pushed the man inside the building.

 Lauren Abraham, 23, was electrocuted outside her home in Richmond Hill on Monday, police said.
Lauren Abraham, 23, was electrocuted outside her home in Richmond Hill on Monday, police said.
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QUEENS
Lauren Abraham, a 23-year-old Richmond Hill woman, was electrocuted the night of the storm on October 29 when she stepped in a puddle electrified by a downed wire outside her home at 105-05 134th St., police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anthony Laino, 30-year-old Flushing man, was killed when a tree crashed through his house at 47-36 166th St. just after 7 p.m. Monday October 29, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Henry Sullivan, 57, was found dead in the basement of his home at 426 Beach 136 St. in the Rockaways. He had gone down to his basement to shut off the gas to his home and never returned. He was found submerged in the basement on Tuesday October 30.

Nancy Jurgenson, a 50-year-old Rockaway Park woman, bled to death after cutting her arm while trying to turn off the gas in her 188 Beach 124th St. home. She was pronounced dead at the scene on Tuesday October 30, police said.

Rick Gold, 67, was discovered by a neighbor in the basement of his house at 511 Beach 133 St. in the Rockaways. He appears to have drowned to death.

A 72-year-old man was found in bed on Tuesday October 30 having apparently drowned to death at 161 Beach 117th St. in the Rockaways.

An 84-year-old man was found dead at 325 Beach 87th St. on Tuesday October 30. The Medical Examiner is looking into his cause of death.

An 85-year-old woman was found dead inside 164-25 98th St. by firefighters conducting a door to door search of the area on Tuesday October 30. The Medical Examiner will determine her cause of death.

Eden Toussaint, 58, was found by police in the basement of his home at 420 Beach 69 Street, near Gouverneur Avenue, around 5 p.m. on Wednesday. He appeared to have drowned.

STATEN ISLAND

Angela Dresch, 13, and her mother Patricia were found dead at 455 Manhattan Ave. in Tottenville, SILive.com reported. George Dresch, Angela's father, was found dead the same day, but wasn't identified until Thursday. The family lived nearby on Yetman Avenue, one of four homes on the block that sustained serious damage in the storm.

Arthur Kasprazak, an NYPD officer, was killed Monday night while off-duty as he helped seven family members, including a 15-month-old boy, escape rising floodwaters by leading them to the attic of his Doty Avenue house in Arrochar. While the group headed upstairs, Kasprzak went to the basement one last time to make sure it was clear. Police believe he was electrocuted, but the precise cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office. He was pronounced dead at the scene the next morning on Tuesday October 30. Kasprzak served in the 1st Precinct in Manhattan and was a six-year member of the NYPD.

John Filpowicz Sr., 51, and his son, John Filpowicz Jr., 20, were discovered trapped beneath debris in the basement of their home at 72 Fox Beach Ave. in Oakwood, Staten Island, officials said. They were found by police and National Guard soldiers.

Beatris Spagnola, 80, was found unconscious and unresponsive in her home at 164 Grimsby Ave. in Midland Beach.

Andrew Semaco, 61, was found dead Tuesday October 30 at 146 Mills Ave. The Medical Examiner will determine his cause of death.

Ella Norris, 89, was found unconscious and unresponsive at 728 Buel Ave. on Tuesday October 30. She was pronounced her dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner will determine her cause of death.

Leonard Montalto, 53, was missing until he was found dead in his home at 176 Foxbeach, in Oakwood.

Anastasia Rispoli, 73, was found unconscious and unresponsive in her home at 158 Grimsby Ave., in Midland Beach.

An unidentified man was found dead on Tuesday at 162 Kiswick Ave. having apparently drowned. The Medical Examiner will determine his cause of death.

A 62-year-old woman was found dead on Tuesday at 299 Norton Ave. having apparently drowned. The Medical Examiner will determine his cause of death.

James Rossi, an 85-year-old man who lived at 575 Quincy Ave., was missing until he was discovered submerged in deep water within his backyard on Tuesday.

A 56-year-old woman who apparently drowned to death was found during a door to door search Oct. 31. The Medical Examiner will determine her cause of death.

While conducting a door to door search on Tuesday, police discovered a 60-year-old man floating in a pool of water just within the front door of 778 Nugent Ave. in Midland Beach. He appeared to have drowned, but the Medical Examiner will determine his cause of death.

Brandon and Connor Moore, brothers 2 and 4-years-old respectively, were discovered in South Beach, Staten Island Thursday morning, four days after they were swept out of their mother’s car when it became stuck in rising floodwaters Monday night near the 400-block of Fr. Capodanno Boulevard.

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