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Two Brothers Killed in Drunk Driving Accident on Long Island

ALLISON HAUNSS|wpix.com

August 23, 2009

EAST MEADOW (N.Y.)

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Two brothers are dead tonight 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.