Woman Pleads Not Guilty To DWI Charges After Allegedly Crashing Into L.I. Home
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn woman is being held on $100,000 bond after pleading not guilty to misdemeanor drunk driving charges after police said she crashed her car into a house on Long Island.
Sophia Anderson, 21, was shoeless and silent as she was led out of the Suffolk County police precinct Tuesday to face a judge.
The Manhattan waitress originally from Connecticut was allegedly in a drunken stupor when she blew past a stop sign at 40 to 50 mph, slamming into a home on Southdown Road just after 4 a.m. Monday in Huntington, police said.
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Debris, including the remnants of an entire kitchen, were left scattered on the front lawn.
Two sisters, ages 94 and 96, were inside the home sleeping at the time of the crash. They were not injured.
“They just heard a big explosion. They were sleeping. They had no idea what it was. They walked out to see the car halfway in their backyard. There was like brake lights in the backyard,” the granddaughter of one of the elderly women told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.
Anderson and her boyfriend, Dan Sajewski, whose parents live in Huntington, escaped with just some cuts and bruises. She was driving a red Mercedes Benz, owned by her boyfriend’s father, with the top down, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reports.
Anderson’s attorney, John LoTurco, said his client is sorry and thankful no one was hurt in the crash.
“She’s extremely upset, very remorseful and very grateful no one was injured in this accident,” LoTurco said. “She’s very scraped up. Physically she’s fine, emotionally she’s very upset.”
LoTurco claimed his client drank three beers but refused all field sobriety tests and no blood was drawn since there were no serious injuries.
“I ask people to reserve judgment until the facts come out on case and accident,” LoTurco said, speculating that Anderson could have fallen asleep at the wheel. “I do not know circumstances.”
However, prosecutors said Anderson took a Breathalyzer test and blew a .30 – nearly four times the legal limit.
“That field breath test is inadmissible in a court of law, not scientifically reliable, so not admissible and I don’t need to rebut that,” LoTurco told CBS 2’s McLogan.
1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports
Neighbors said they were shocked and amazed no one was killed or seriously injured in the incident.
“It literally sounded like the house blew up next door,” said neighbor Kimberly Steinberg. “It did not sound like a car. There was no screech marks, nobody hit their breaks.”
“She didn’t stop,” said neighbor Polly Hanson Greenburg. “Not even a racing car could stop and get up to the speed to go through someone’s living room.”
“I thought they were bringing the car around back for reconditioning. I never thought in my wildest dreams a car would go all the way through that house,” Pat Kirwan added.
“There’s a stop light as well as a stop sign — two deterrents. And she still ignored them. I hope the kids learn something from this,” Robert Pavelka said.
“It is really irresponsible that someone could even do that. Just thank God that people who live in the house are alright,” Steve Coyne said.
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