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Sanitation worker Frankie Justich struck and killed by milk truck while on duty in Queens

A city sanitation worker described as "one of the nicest guys on Earth" was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while on the job in Queens Tuesday, cops said.

Frank Justich, 41, had just emptied a trash bin at the corner of 35th St. and Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria about 7:30 a.m. when he was hit by a milk delivery truck and pinned against his rig, authorities said.

"This big truck made a wide turn and just hit him," said witness Chris Trakoshis, 45.

Paramedics arrived on the scene in seconds and frantically performed CPR on Justich, witnesses said, but he didn't survive.

Justich, of Flushing, was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens minutes later, cops said.

"He was the greatest human being I ever knew," said Justich's devastated pal Joey Difrenza, 31, a sanitation department supervisor. "I feel so bad for his family and kids."

The driver of the tractor trailer was not charged.

Justich, an 11-year-veteran and married father of 1- and 4-year-old daughters, is the 10th sanitation worker to die in the line of duty since 2002.

"I know the prayers of 8.4 million New Yorkers are with him and his family," Mayor Bloomberg said.

A group of sanitation workers and Astoria residents gathered at the accident scene after Justich was rushed to the hospital, sharing memories of the veteran city worker.

A fellow sanitation worker described Justich as "one of the nicest guys on earth." Justich's subtle gestures of kindness were well-known to the community he served every Tuesday and Thursday, residents said.

"If you walked your dog around here, you knew Frankie," Stella Boyiantzis, 49, said. "He was the nicest person. He even had respect for little puppies to take his dirty glove off to feed my dogs cookies."

From NY Daily News