Retired Priest from Merrick killed by impaired driver
"Family and parishioners of a Merrick church are mourning the loss of a
retired priest who delivered a sermon on Jesus' life and resurrection,
then died hours later on Good Friday in a crash allegedly caused by an
impaired driver on the Southern State Parkway.
The Rev. T. Chacko Mammen, 69, was driving
west in his GMC sport utility vehicle when a Honda driven by Christopher
Gomez-Almendarez, 23, rear-ended his vehicle about 12:10 a.m. near Exit
30 in North Massapequa, State Police said. The GMC careened onto the
shoulder and hit a tree. Mammen was rushed to St. Joseph Hospital in
Bethpage, where he was pronounced dead, police said."
This is a tragic loss for his family and for the Mar Thomas Church - this is a Church not in communion with Rome but with its origins going back to St. Thomas the apostle. God Bless his family and his parish.