Farmingdale Man Struck, Killed on Conklin St.; Driver Charged with DWI

Farmingdale driver stands accused in early morning crash Thursday.

A Farmingdale man skateboarding on Conklin Street was struck and killed Thursday morning by a man police say was drunk.

Nassau Homicide detectives said Michael Gradzki, 28 of Farmingdale, was crossing Clinton Street at Conklin on his skateboard from east to west when he was struck by an eastbound 2009 Infiniti about 12:20 a.m. Thursday.

The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead by hospital personnel at 2:20 a.m.

During the investigation, police determined the driver of the Infiniti, Kenneth Chan, 31 of 2 Hynes Court, Farmingdale, was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and he was taken into custody. The vehicle was impounded for safety checks.

Chan was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday.

Additional charges could be considered; the investigation is continuing, police said.

Anon November 16, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I find it hard to believe someone gets killed by drunk driver who wasn't speeding. I know because ive been hit by a car and lived to tell the story. Lucky for me the guy was sober and wasnt speeding. Ppl only defending Kenny, because he is a "so called respected guy " in the car community. But if it was drunk driver who killed KC, then ppl would be going crazy accusing the guy of shit. Its like ppl could care less about the guy he killed and are more concerned with Kenny .. smh !
Joe Dowd November 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I'm closing the comments now at the request of the grieving family.
Steven J. Fahey November 20, 2012 at 05:54 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Gradzki Family. Micheal's Funeral Mass was this morning and my family attended. I knew Micheal, he was a good kid and his father Eugene and his family must be devastated. If society can't understand that having even ONE drink and getting behind the wheel of a 4000 lb vehicle is a recipe for disaster, than we are all doomed. I have DWI arrests in my past and thank God I was fortunate enough to get through it without hurting myself or god forbid someone else. Please, PLEASE. Understand the message. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!!
Nikas January 08, 2013 at 06:52 PM
and the Man has been aquited of all charges, what a crock of Sh$t.
Nikas January 08, 2013 at 06:53 PM
All charges have been dismissed.


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