GARDEN CITY PARK, N.Y. (WPIX)—One man is dead and two others are injured after the driver of a car apparently lost control and plowed into the basement of a Long Island house early Thursday morning.
Police say at about 2:20 a.m., a black 1997 Infinity was speeding westbound on Broadway when it skipped the curb and slammed into the basement wall of the home located at 73 Fifth Avenue in Garden City Park . It landed at a 45-degree angle, with its rear teetering in the air.
"The vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign and continued on and struck the house," Det. Sgt. Gregory Quinn told PIX News.
Homeowner Annette Guidice, 72, and her son Raymond, 48, were sleeping on the second floor when the car crashed into their house.
"When I came out and saw that, I could not believe it," the elder Guidice told PIX News, "I could not believe that the car went through my house and down into the basement in this way."
She initially thought something fell inside her house.
"I heard a boom. I was looking outside. I thought the transformer down the block exploded," another resident told PIX News, "I saw people walking over here [to the house] and I thought, 'I hope my neighbor is alright.'"
Neither residents were injured, but the elder Guidice told PIX News that her dog was injured in the crash because the car landed on its tail.
Firefighters pulled three victims from the mangled car.
The male driver, who was in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld pending family notification.
The two other male victims were transported to Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola in critical condition. The passengers' names were not immediately released.
At about 6 a.m., crews removed the car from the home. It was impounded for a safety check.
The North Hempstead Buildings Department is investigating if damage to the load bearing basement wall has affected the structural soundness of the home.
Residents told PIX News that drivers regularly speed in the neighborhood.
Police are investigating if the crash was alcohol-related.