Two Brothers Killed in Drunk Driving Accident on Long Island

Two brothers are dead after being hit, police say, by a drunk driver. The two brothers left their grandmother’s East Meadow home early in the evening for a night on the town. They left their car at home and went out on foot. Unfortunately the driver who mowed them down on Hempstead Turnpike didn’t make the same choice. The results were deadly.

Kyran Conneloi choked up with emotion as he described the way 28-year old Joseph Occhiogrosso cared for his grandmother here at her East Meadow home on Long Island. Occhiogrosso worked for Conneloi at his plumbing company for several years. Conneloi considered the young man who showed up every day before the shop opened, part of the family.

Joseph and his brother, 27-year old Thomas Occhiogrosso, were crossing Hempstead Turnpike and Conti Square Boulevard early this morning when they were struck and killed by 33 year old James Farr of Garden City. Farr was arrested at the scene. He’d been behind the wheel of a 2005 Black BMW.

Tonight Farr is under arrest for vehicular homicide and driving drunk.


Livery Cab Driver Shot, Killed In Bronx Over $2 Cab Fare

A livery cab driver is dead after his passenger shot him late Sunday evening in the Bronx.

Police say Jose Pena-Seguira, 42, was shot once in the head and crashed his cab into several parked cars in front of 455 Wales Avenue at about 10:20pm.

An eyewitness, who was questioned by police, told PIX News the shooting was caused by a dispute over $2.00 difference of cab fare. The eyewitness also said after the male suspect shot the driver, he reached over and stole money from the bleeding victim before he fled the scene.

In fact, police say a 31-year-old Hispanic male fled the vehicle and was soon apprehended inside of St. Mary’s Park, just two blocks away from the shooting.

Pena-Seguira was transported to nearby Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11pm.

Crime scene investigators were still at the scene Monday morning and have recovered a .25 caliber handgun and at least one bullet casing.

The victim lived in an apartment building at 1368 Webster Avenue in the Bronx, about 2.5 miles away from where he was shot. His towncar was registered with KISS Car Service in the Bronx. Pena-Seguira was a father of three children, including 8-year-old fraternal twin girls.

“He’s fun, he’s creative. He really likes working a lot,” Desiree Pena-Seguira, one of the victim’s twin girls, told PIX News. Their mother, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who does not speak English, asked her daughters to speak to PIX exclusively about their father’s character.

“He actually helps sometimes washing dishes while my mom is at work,” Desiree continued, “He takes us [my siblings and I] to Chuck E. Cheese’s to have fun sometimes.”

One week ago on August 17, another livery cab driver was shot behind the wheel in the Bronx. Amadou Ndaiye, 46, driving through Baychester when he was shot in the chest by his passenger in an attempted robbery. No one has been arrested in the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing and police are exploring whether Monday’s shooting and the August 17 shooting are related. In both cases, a man was seen fleeing the livery cab.