Driver charged in Howard Beach crash that took life of musician: NYPD

Musician Jimmy Sinisi was driving a 2001 Saturn at the time of the crash, police said. Photo by Robert Stridiron
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A popular musician from Glendale was killed in a car crash in Howard Beach early Saturday, police and friends said.

Jimmy Sinisi, 38, had been behind the wheel of a 2001 Saturn at 159th Avenue and 98th Street when the vehicle was allegedly struck by a 2006 Ford sedan, driven by 23-year-old James Celauro, according to cops.

Emergency responders were called to the accident scene at about 1 a.m. and took Sinisi to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Celauro, of South Ozone Park, was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and Driving While Ability Impaired, the NYPD said.

Friends at Neirs Tavern in Woodhaven where Sinisi frequently played shows with his band, Wordy Bums, and often came to eat chicken wings remembered him as a happy, respectful man.

“Jimmy always went out of his way and did things for people,” said the tavern’s chef, Daniel LaRosa.

LaRosa said the band had a unique sound that combined hip hop and rock.

“If the right person heard these guys, they would get signed,” he said.

Sinisi, who was also known as “Marvin Gardens,” served as Wordy Bums’ singer, and also helped to write the songs, according to the band’s Facebook site.

“We had our hearts ripped from our chests today,” the group posted just after 7 p.m. Saturday. ”Jim was the nucleus, the catalyst, the engine ... The Wordy Bums can never be the same without such an integral part of this machine. We are truly blessed to have shared the stage with him and witness true talent.”

Eric Terzo photographed Sinisi performing with his band, and said the singer inspired him by telling the crowd, “It’s always a good day when you get to do what you love.”

“For people like me who only get to work on their passions on the weekend, that meant a lot,” Terzo said.

Sinisi and his wife, Susan, had recently settled in Glendale after having to move out of Old Howard Beach following Hurricane Sandy, friends said.

“They lost everything,” LaRosa said.

Reach managing editor Christina Santucci by e-mail at by phone at 718-260-4589.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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Bernie Lindell from Virginia says:
I am saddened to hear this terrible news. :( May they throw the book at the drunk driver, and may he always remember what he took from this earth because of HIS stupid choice.
Dec. 2, 2013, 3:05 pm
julie velez from woodhaven says:
tragedies at times like this...make it more the family s close friend...i pray they all can recover,and grieve with lots of love around the family. my condolences to the sinisi family.
Dec. 2, 2013, 8:17 pm
Anthony ucci from Howard beach says:
Rip in peace jim u were a Beautifull person an extremely ambitious an talented it was great to have had u in my life an ur memory last forwver inside me. And ro the kid who took ur life Jim probly forgives u but none of our circle ever will i dont want u to die but i hope youre crippled for life that was your second dui at the age of 23 hope u spend ur life in a wheel chair ——ting youre pants an i hope ur prison visit teaches you a bery anal lesson !
Dec. 3, 2013, 7:26 am
Jason Malone says:
I grew up with Jimmy we were tight friends since kindergarten at St.Thomas we lived just 1short WOODHANEN blk.away from eachother he was one of my closest boys all thru St.Thomas &into high school sadly we lost touch over the years as many of us have but i never forgot him & I never will. See when u come from WOODHAVEN U CARRY SOMETHING SPECIAL INSIDE U NOT ONLY FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT FOR ALL YOUR FRIENDS&THEIR FAMILY, BECAUSE WOODAVEN WAS ALL JUST ONE BIG FAMILY & JIMMY WAS&ALWAYS BE A WONDERFUL PART &LARGER THAN LIFE PART OF ALL OF OUR FAMILY.So REST I N PEACE MY OLD FRIEND YOU'LL NEVER BE FORGOTEN& U ROCK THAT MIC. FROM UP ABOVE&I'LL SEE U ON THE OTHER SIDE!!!!!!
Dec. 6, 2013, 7:40 am

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