2 Killed in Fulton Street Collision

Drivers crash near Nelson Street.

Two drivers died late Monday night when their cars collided on Fulton Street in Farmingdale, Nassau County Police said.

According to detectives, the collision occurred at 11:23 p.m. Gregory Brandel, 35, of Farmingdale, was driving a 1994 Mercury west on Fulton Street and Patricia Fuzia, 58, of Islip Terrace, was driving  a 2007 Chrysler south from Nelson Street onto Fulton Street when the cars collided.

Fuzia was pronounced dead at the scene by an EMT from the Brandel was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Police said there is no criminality suspected at this time and that the investigation is ongoing. 

louiskcantone@yahoo.com March 13, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Left turns should not be permitted at Nelson Street onto Fulton/109. This is due to the fact their is a crest in the road, which causes bad visibility. Also, further east on Rt. 109 the speed limit is higher, and drivers maintain their high speeds down Fulton even when entering a residential community. Even making a right turn from Nelson to 109 seems to be impossible and dangerous at times. I strongly suggest that it should not be allowed for vehicles to make left turns from Nelson to Fulton St./109.
Thomas Joseph Jr March 13, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I disagree. You can make turns from both. Its just people are too impatient that they force themselves to go when it is not safe to. And yes, further east the speed limit is higher. Drivers need to reduce their speed but refuse to because they are too impatient. People need to remember, no matter how late you are running, you may never get there (if at all) if you get into an accident. Which is better, being one or two minutes late, or having people visit you in a cemetery?
Marilyn Rogers March 13, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Rt. 109 has been dangerous for years. Most times, it's a speedway. People don't take into consideration that it's passing through a residential neighborhood. The speed limit should be lower but then again, who is around to enforce it. I live on Staples and if on Rt. 109 I'm making a right turn, I take my life in my hands, as no one slows down to allow that sharp turn (cars parked on both sides of Staples makes for a tight turn). Even though I start to brake early to warn those behind me, they're right on top of me. Another problem is that most people have stopped using turn signals ... no respect for the driver, pedestrian and automobile they're driving. Everyone is in a hurry and too many take chances where there should be caution.
Patricia Cervellera March 13, 2012 at 03:57 PM
There Is more of a story to be told about this. Patricia Fuzia was an equivalent to Mother Teresa. She was an LPN who did home health nursing for quadriplegic children. God bless her soul in Eternity.
Alyson B March 13, 2012 at 05:25 PM
This story is very sad and I'm sorry for both families involved. I do agree that you shouldn't be able to make a left from Nelson onto 109 and even a right is difficult at times. With the hill east of you it's sometimes hard to see the other cars coming until its too late.
Marilyn Rogers March 13, 2012 at 06:10 PM
My comments weren't in reference to the accident itself - but to the dangerous road Rt. 109 has become. My prayers go out to both families devastated by this horrific accident.
V.W. Fellom March 13, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Not only is it hard to see oncoming traffic do to the crest in the road, cars and trucks that are parked east of Nelson further diminish your visibility. This in turn causes drives to creep out to look for oncoming traffic from the east exposing them self making accidents more provable.
reneice spina March 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM
You should really look into the history of mr Brandel. He almost killed me on main st in farm. I was at a red light he hit me head on doing 80 took off by foot, went out east reported truck stolen. He hit 3 cars that day. He slamed a women coming out of a side street, he also hit a truck behind me, which caused him to slam into my drivers door as well. He also went bankrupf to nt have to pay me. He carries the min of ins which is 25,000 and lied through his teeth at deposition. I was never called when he was arraigned. He did no jail time. I am disabled for the rest of my life. I have a child which has watch her mom suffer in pain since she is 3, and it also destroyed my marriage. May God bless him, and forgive him. May God also bless, and comfort the womans family. I hope the judge that let this man off, to do this to Gods children is also forgiven. He has done this to 4 people and has paralyzed a person in fl. God thank u for my life, and for all the strength and faith u give me.
Todd Sexauer March 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM
If people would pay attention to what they doing (Driving a heavy machine) most accidents would not happen. I make that turn every day, during heavy traffic and I don't have any problems! PAY ATTENTION!!!
Lunchbox March 14, 2012 at 02:07 AM
There should be no left turn there. It is such a blind spot and the speed of vehicles from 50 mph to 40 mph, who slows down, NO ONE. We have grown to be impatient and rushed, if people took 5 extra mins to get somewhere, 50% of the accidents could be prevented.
Lizzie Lauckhardt March 17, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Patricia was my grandmother. I can't believe this happened. My family has questions.Why wasn't there a traffic light there? Was Mr.Brandel allowed a license dispite his other accident? If so,than why?? This accidents was 100% PREVENTABLE! Rest In Peace Grammy, I love you soo much<3
deni harrington March 19, 2012 at 12:53 AM
i feel terribly sad for the woman. if i knew where she was being laid to rest i would go to pay my respects. the man after hearing about his past, am not surprised heended up where like he did. too bad the woman lost her life. she seems like an angel.
Frank Panetta April 16, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I am the attorney for the Fuzia family and would like to speak to anyone with useful information about Brandel, his history, other auto accidents at that location, any helpful info. Frank C. Panetta, Esq. Massimo & Panetta, P.C. Garden City, NY 11530 516-398-2714 or panettalaw@aol.com
Dlloyd May 03, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I am a friend of Greg's and despite what his past may or may not have been he still didn't deserve this horriible passing. May both of their souls rest in peace. Let God be the judge, not any of us. So despite what you may or may think you know about him, it still does not give you the right to judge. And certainly does not make his passing justified (so don't make it like he was not a loss Spina). God bless the family and friends of both those we've lost.
Irene Marty September 09, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Sorry to say Dlloyd but yes the accident was Greg's fault. He was driving with a suspended licences under the influence of drugs and traveling over 80 miles an hour in a residential speed limit when he broadsided Patty and killed her instantly. She left behind 4 beautiful children and 4 beautiful grandchildren as well as many loving relatives and friends. She was my best friend.
Irene Marty September 09, 2012 at 03:26 AM
She also was a single mother for years and raised her children working 2 or 3 jobs at a time in order to not be on social services. She put herself through nursing school and ironically we just received the paperwork that her student loan was finally paid off after many years. She was a private duty nurse for paraplegics and quadriplegics working 2 to 3 straight shifts - covering for everyone. Not only did she care for these type of people but she took the time to take her one patient to the movies, to dinner, for walks... Many holidays she would come to my house and help me clean and cook and leave before anyone came because she had to cover someone else's shift. We are all still grieving tremendously and time has not made this any easier on any of us. Patty and I would spend 2 to 3 days a week together, whether sitting on my back deck late at night after her late shift or driving aimlessly just talking about life. We helped each other so much throughout the years and I miss her terribly. Now I visit her grave at least once a week so don't try to make like he was such a great person. She lived her life doing for others and I know she would forgive him because that's the type of person she was. She truly was a angel sent from heaven.
Irene Marty September 09, 2012 at 03:26 AM
May God deal with the person who insured the vehicle and allowed him to drive it. And no, time does not heal all wounds, it just makes it bearable. For her, I am trying to forgive so I can go on with my life but its very difficult. I still cry quite often and in a couple of days it will be six months that she's gone and it still hurts so much. I'm sorry if this upsets you but as you said, God will be the judge not me.
Irene Marty September 09, 2012 at 03:31 AM
She also did not have any life insurance so her children had to borrow money to pay all the expenses. Her brother and sister graciously sent her daughter the money to pay for the headstone which is still not in place and her ex husband paid for the cemetery plot.
Rachel June 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Irene & to all who lost such an amazing women, it is so very sad! Im not here to justify anything, bc I do not know anything that happened that night, I do know one thing I know that Greg was an amazing guy, I have a lot of friends who come and go, and from the min my husb and I met him he was known as that guy that would give you the shirt off his back, he was so kind, always trying to help you with anything he could. Friends I have had for years have not been there as much for me as Greg had been. I don't know all things he had done wrong in the passed, I just know he was a awesome guy and he is missed every day! RIP to both of them!


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