Driver takes off after out-of-control stolen car crashes into Floral Park home

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Driver takes off after out-of-control stolen car crashes into home
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Surveillance video shows the driver speeding down the street and crashing into the home in Floral Park, Queens. CeFaan Kim has the story.

FLORAL PARK, Nassau County (WABC) -- A stolen car crashed into a home in Floral Park, Nassau County, on Tuesday before the driver took off running.

It happened around 8:30 a.m. on Arthur Avenue just a few blocks north of Hempstead Turnpike.

The car went out of control, drove onto the front lawn and into the living room of the home.

NewsCopter 7 was over the scene, and you could see the back end of the car all the way inside the house.

John Del Giorno is over the scene in NewsCopter 7.

Fortunately, no one was injured inside of the home, but crews put up support beams amid fears the home could collapse.

"I was asleep and I heard a big bang, when I woke up, half the house was on the ground," homeowner Satee Birmingham said. "Everything fell on to the floor. The dresser fell on the bed. It looked like a scene out of a war. I started screaming for my son. Then, I heard him. I told him to get out the way he could. He did. I went out the back because we couldn't come to the front. I had no idea there was a car in the house."

One of the homeowner's sons was next door and saw what happened before calling police.

"And then my brother came from next door and said yo there's a car in our driveway, I mean our living room," Mikhail Birmingham said. "I came in and the car was running in our living room. So I just went in there, turned the car off, and just waited for the cops to show up."

The owner of the stolen car said it all started when the keys were left in the ignition in front of her house and someone jumped in and drove off.

She said she was able to track her car to a nearby Home Depot but then lost it from there only to find it had crashed into the home.

"Terrible, I feel terrible but I feel OK because as everybody in this house is OK, thank God," car owner Guadalupe Linez said.

The suspect is described as a male teen last seen wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants and dark sneakers. So far no arrests have been made.

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