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Driver Arrested After Pickup Barrels Through LI Home, Narrowly Missing Sleeping Teen

Although the impact has left a mess and an uninhabitable home, luckily, no one was injured

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A pickup truck went barreling through a house on Long Island overnight, narrowly missing a teen by mere inches.

The crash took place on Cypress Lane East in Westbury early Thursday morning, when a person in a black Chevy Silverado drove through a front yard, crashed through a bedroom and into the backyard before coming to a stop just feet from hitting another home, according to police.

The ordeal was a shocking and scary situation for the homeowner, especially when they realized the truck was mere inches from hitting a 13-year-old boy who was in bed sleeping.

"The first second I woke up, it felt exactly like a dream," said Jayden Trinh, who was awoken by the crash that took out the front part of his bedroom. "If my bed was in any other location, I would probably be dead or very injured."

The homeowner told News 4 New York that five people were at home asleep at the time of the impact: herself, her husband, her two teenagers, and her father.

Nassau Police said the driver, Blas Flores-Velasquez, was drunk at the time of the crash, and was charged with drunken driving. Police said Flores-Velasquez is an undocumented immigrant living in Brentwood who was deported from the U.S. in 2000 after four arrests.

The truck ended up in a neighbor's yard, just missing another home. Flores-Velasquez talked with the family just after the crash, video showed, apologizing to them before running away.

The homeowner told News 4 she is unsure the circumstances surrounding the driver and the incident, but is empathetic and hopes he gets the help he needs.

"He didn't look like a bad guy," Thu Pham, the homeowner, said. "I guess he was intoxicated and I would like for something to be done...otherwise in the future he'll probably hurt someone."

The resulting damage to the house was so bad that when News 4 New York arrived to the scene around 3:30 a.m., one could see right into a bedroom and living room from the street.

Although the impact has left a mess and an unsafe, and therefore, uninhabitable home, luckily, no one was injured.

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