Firefighter facing charges in Suffolk County wrong-way crash


COMMACK, LONG ISLAND, NY – An FDNY firefighter is facing charges after he was involved in a deadly wrong-way crash on Long Island, Newsday reports.

The accident happened on the Sunken Meadow Parkway in Commack on Nov. 20 at about 7:30 p.m. According to New York State Police, 38-year-old Joseph Norris was driving a Chevrolet Colorado pickup south in the northbound lanes of the roadway. His vehicle crashed into a Mazda CX-7 SUV north of Exit SM3.

The driver of the Mazda, 44-year-old Anthony Mariano of Kings Park, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mariano taught social studies for the past 17 years at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens.

Norris, a Babylon resident, sustained serious injuries in the crash and was treated at South Shore University Hospital. No one else was injured.

Norris was charged on Monday with driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned later this month in Central Islip. According to the FDNY, he is assigned to Ladder 107 in East New York, Brooklyn, and will now be facing suspension.

The Daily News reported that Mariano had plans to get married next summer and the report quoted his fiancee, Christie Azzoline, as saying “He’s the type of guy who would give you the shirt off his back. He would literally do anything for anyone.”

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