Family of Antonio Ferruccio seeks closure
by Andrew Shilling
Jul 17, 2013 | 8168 views | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Antonino Ferruccio and wife Josephine Ferruccio with grandchildren Valentina and Antonio.
Antonino Ferruccio and wife Josephine Ferruccio with grandchildren Valentina and Antonio.
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Antonio Ferruccio, 59, died in an untimely motorcycle accident on his way to Joey’s Motorcycle Ride for Autism, a fundraising event in New Hyde Park on June 23.

While traveling eastbound on the Grand Central Parkway, just past exit 18 at Utopia Parkway, he lost control of his 1991 red Ducati motorcycle and crashed into the center divider, landed in the right shoulder.

He passed away at the scene.

“We now do know that another motorcycle cut him off and touched his front tire, which is what caused him to lose control,” said Ferruccio’s daughter Elisa Manessis.

Manessis is asking members of the community to come forward with any information hat might explain what happened on the parkway that morning. She spoke at Community Board 5's meeting last week.

“Unfortunately, we will not have closure until we have answers,” Manessis said. “This was a beautiful Sunday morning, and there were people from this area heading to the beaches on Long Island and must have seen something.”

Ferruccio owned and operated the N and N Service Station at 59-12 Fresh Pond Rd. in Maspeth for the past 30 years.

His family participated in the Bridges Ride for Autism walk fundraising event on Sunday, July 14, the day when her father would have celebrated his 60th birthday, to carry on his legacy of raising money for autism research.

Their group, All4Nino, raised $5,600 within days of the accident and is now more determined than ever to give back to the cause.

“My mother that morning had asked him to stay home and get a head start on the weekend to-do list,” Manessis recalled of her last moments with her father. “His response was simple and from the heart. He said, 'May God bless us with a smart and healthy boy. These other families have sick children and need help, so that’s where I’m going this morning.’”

Ferruccio is survived by his wife, Josephine Ferruccio, two daughters and sons-in-law and two grandchildren, Antonio and Valentina.

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