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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.

laocoon March 18, 2012 at 01:46 PM
As always, a nice job by the fire department and police. But if we didn't have them, we'd all be richer and nobody would have noticed. So some would say that in this case, it was just money thrown away.
Jason March 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Stop bashing all the time. Doesn't it ever stop?
laocoon March 18, 2012 at 02:29 PM
If Mommy wasn't paying your taxes, you'd be bashing too.
Jason March 18, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I pay my own taxes and I use my real name when I leave a comment
The real bear March 18, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Wonder if the person was drunk or had a valid license
ADNK March 18, 2012 at 04:51 PM
THREE totalled vehicles? No mention of injuries. Can I assume that there were no injuries? Also.. it seems like that scaffolding has been there for decades. What's the deal with THAT?
Mr Dunes March 18, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I drove by the accident scene at 12:40 AM, I asked an officer if there were any casualties (Because from the amount of ambulances, fire trucks (And not to mention the LBPD's Specialty of closing the entire road) I was concerned. He responded no. I said thank you and have a good night. I'm really just trying to add to the story that there were trees in the parking median that appeared to be uprooted.
Lala March 18, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I was wondering the same thing. Why is that scaffolding up ad infinitum?
JJ March 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
About the scaffolding...Granada residents have been asking the same thing and also for updates about the never ending construction project but with little to no avail. Only Topper Realty knows the answer to these questions. That would make a good Patch story.
Jim H March 18, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I have nothing to offer but feel the need to post compulsivly to justify my exsistance.
Bill Bennett March 18, 2012 at 06:27 PM
3 cars were totaled, a fire hydrant ripped out and trees uprooted not to mention the damage to the scaffolding. By the looks of the auto's no one should have gotten out alive. One of the drivers fled the scene and was stopped down the road. We will have to wait for the LBPD report. DWI maybe?
laocoon March 18, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Thanks Bill. Glad nobody was hurt. So the dozens of emergency vehicles were for nothing. Just burning up taxpayers' money. The scaffold was repaired by the contractor on Saturday afternoon. The Laocoon can answer the scaffolding question. Over some 80 years the facade of Granada Towers deteriorated. That happens to masonry. The mortar between the bricks becomes porous, and absorbs water. It causes leaks. The freeze-thaw cycles cause expansion of the water and cracking of the brick. So the mortar has to be raked out and replaced, along with any cracked bricks. Very labor intensive, which is why unskilled foreigners are usually used when the work is contracted by cheap real estate management companies. Also, Granada Towers once ad a central "tower" on it with a huge green tile roof. This was demolished, without a permit, because it had deteriorated. That affects the appearance of the building quite a bit. While it's sometimes difficult to determine the scope of this work before it's started, using professional quality management minimizes the fiasco you see here -- destruction of a landmark, replacement of antique bricks with cheap ones of a different color and use of unskilled foreigners as labor. If the residents are smart, they'll find a new management company to avoid further distruction of their investment.
LB TAXPAYA March 19, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Any DWI's? St Paddy's Day! Just wondering!
Glenna King March 20, 2012 at 02:00 AM
@ Laocoon - our professional firefighters are on duty 24/7 so no taxpayers money was being "burned up". I'm sure there were many volunteer firefighters at the scene too & they are volunteers so they are not "burning up" the taxpayers money either. They are doing it for free!! You should be more grateful for what the LB Fire Department does for this city & stop trying to start trouble.
PaulR March 20, 2012 at 08:29 PM
This accident was the result of a young man, very mad at his father, who decided to jump in that car and drive like a maniac. The other two cars were parked and no one was inside either of them. Not sure if the young man was intoxicated or not but his father was sure giving him the what not at the scene. One car was hit so hard that the transmission was knocked loose of the vehicle. If that tells you anything about how fasdt he was going.....
Candygram for Mongo March 20, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Paul - why was he mad at his father?
JL57 March 21, 2012 at 01:02 AM
there was someone in one of the cars, just FYI
Laocoons Friend March 21, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Laocoon described the story with the scaffolding and why it has been around Granada Towers for a year. Looks like Topper ordered patch to delete his explanation. So much for free speech. Guess Topper paid to have the truth deleted.
LI Resistance March 21, 2012 at 01:55 AM
The Patch should do a story regarding the scaffolding , there are a lot of questions without anyone able to give an answer.
Wallace Daily March 21, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Actually, the volunteers do not "doing it for free" It costs millions of dollars to train and outfit the 160 or so folks in that group. In addition, they receive tax breaks and other perks associated with the position. One perk is the ability to get out on a Friday night with the boys and get away from their fata** wives and girlfriends under cover of community service. Frankly, Im surprised there is not a line to get in the firehouse on a weekend.
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

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