Central Florida worker attacked while helping with Superstorm Sandy recovery

John Applewhite suffers broken jaw, other broken bones

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John Applewhite.

NEW YORK - A Central Florida electrical worker assisting with ongoing power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy in New York was seriously injured in an unprovoked attack, officials said.

John Applewhite, 34, of Lakeland, suffered a black eye, a broken jaw and several other broken bones in the attack, which occurred Friday on Long Island.

Police say someone apparently upset about not having power got out of a BMW, approached Applewhite and punched him one time as he stepped out of his utility truck outside a restaurant.

Applewhite, who is recovering at a Lakeland hospital, will have a plate put in his face and his jaw has been wired shut, officials said.

No arrests have been made.

Crews continue to work to restore power in the Northeast, two weeks after Sandy devastated the region with high winds, flooding rains and storm surge.

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