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Three-Car Collision at Granada Towers

Fire department had to secure scaffolding at landmark building after the crash early Saturday.

A Lynbrook man was charged with driving while intoxicated after his involvement in a three-car accident, crashing into scaffolding at Granada Towers, the landmark apartment building at the corner of Riverside Boulevard and East Park Avenue, early Saturday morning.

Thomas Tomasello, 26, of Lynbrook was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, and refusal to take a breath test at Long Beach Boulevard and East Park Avenue on March 18.

The Long Beach Fire Department responded to the accident scene where three vehicles were totaled, a fire hydrant was knock from the ground and scaffolding was damaged, according to an account from a post-accident witness that was confirmed by Chief Richard Corbett.

The LBFD assigned two truck companies to set up and inspect the scaffolding at the six-story building. After the wood planking on the upper floors was secured, the fire department released all their units from the scene.

Scott Kemins, who commissioner of both the LBFD and the city's building department, said he had a building inspector on site to confirm the stability of the scaffolding, which is about 80 feet high.

This story was updated at 4:57 p.m. on 3.20.12. Patch will have more information on this accident as it becomes available.

Disgusted Homeowner March 22, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Gee I hope no one rear ends you and you need medical assistance or to be extracted from your vehicle any time soon. Not in Long Beach anyway.
Glenna King March 22, 2012 at 02:38 AM
@ Wallace - for the danger the volunteer firefighters are putting themselves in, they deserve a couple of "perks" to say the least!!!!!! Also, the firehouse at City Hall does not allow drinking. It really makes me angry when people complain about firefighters (professional &/or volunteer). They are SO needed in Long Beach & should be praised for the community services that they perform!!!
Eddie March 28, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Here's a photo of the tower that is being demolished from the landmark Granada Towers by inept management: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13503607
Steven J. Borofsky June 02, 2014 at 08:55 PM
My name is Steve, and I came across this article just recently. I live in Granada Towers, and my new Dodge Ram 1500 truck was one of the parked vehicles which was hit and severely damaged from this crash. It was parked in the middle parking lot on park avenue. I did not see the accident, and was never notified by the Long Beach Police Department. I came out of the building to walk my dog and noticed that my truck was gone. I then went back into my apartment and called the police. They told me that it was a road hazard and was towed to some private tow yard in island park (I think it was called all-island). They did this without notifying me or anything. I went to the tow yard and was told that I was being charged by the day to store my truck there, and the current balance was $479.00 for storage, and they already had the truck marked for parts. I paid to have the truck removed from this tow yard and to my surprise the truck started up when I put the key in and was drivable. Don't tell me no one was paid to remove by truck from the police or the fire department as I am sure there are kick backs involved. I failed a request to get the complete police file on the incident but the police department refused to give me copies. I did get a copy of the police report which was filled out incorrectly as to the insurance information for the driver causing the accident. Luckily, the driver was in a company owed SUV, and I was able to track down the company and telephone number. When I called the telephone number, a women answered and it turned out to be the drivers mother, and she was nice enough to provide the correct insurance information to file a claim. The person who hit my truck was not drunk but was on drugs. He hit the back of a small silver sports car causing the silver car to hit the fire hydrant and the scaffolding on the right side heading east on park ave, and that driver had to be taken to the hospital. The whole back of the silver car was caved in. I saw this at the all island yard as well. The collision with the silver car caused the drug affected driver to veer left over the median and hit my truck pushing it thirty feet, and caving in the cab on the passenger side. $14,000 later and my truck is repaired but not the same as it was. The roads in long beach are dangerous. The police don't help. The police and fire department were only in a hurry to clean up the mess so no one would notice. They should have called me before they towed my truck without my knowledge or approval.
Steven J. Borofsky June 02, 2014 at 09:07 PM
The management of Granada Towers is very good at making money for themselves at everyone else's expense. But that is a different dog with a different set of fleas from this accident article.

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