Driver Tells Judge She's Innocent Of Leaving Scene, Driving Under Influence


CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Southampton woman faced a judge Thursday, a day after she allegedly crashed her SUV into a house and then tried to flee on foot.

As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, the Pierce family heard squealing tires and then looked out the window Wednesday afternoon.

“I blinked, and the house shook,” said Marion Pierce.

“I heard ‘boom,'” said Pierce’s daughter, Noel.

Noel ran outside to see a Jeep Grand Cherokee embedded in the front porch of their Rocky Point home, the driver exiting the vehicle. Her mom then raced to stop the woman from leaving.

“I jumped in the air literally on top of her and held her — and then thank God the cop came,” Pierce said.

An off-duty officer passing by heard the commotion and held the suspect for police.

“She kept on saying: ‘Get your hands off me. I have every right to walk away,'” Pierce said. “And I said, ‘No, you don’t, not after you did this to my house.'”

Aura Dimon

Aura Dimon, 34, is charged with driving while on drugs after allegedly striking two cars and a house in Rocky Point, Long Island. (Credit: Suffolk County Police)

Emergency responders arrived in scant minutes. A call had gone out for a hit-and-run driver who allegedly crashed twice into a car on Route 25A at Fairway Drive, made a U-turn and fled.

Police said the suspect then sideswiped another vehicle at Rocky Point Landing and Hallock Landing roads, was unable to negotiate the curve in front of the Pierces’ home on Rocky Point Road and then flew airborne before being slowed by a rhododendron bush and an iron flagpole.

“She flew in the air,” Pierce said. “Look at my flagpole.”

The vehicle finally careened into the Pierces’ house, knocking it off its foundation.

Police arrested Aura Dimon, 34.

“Her eyes were shaking vertically,” Noel said. “She was very delirious, screaming that she doesn’t deserve this and that she’s a student doctor.”

Dimon denied she was high on drugs and told a judge she’s innocent of the charges. She was arraigned Thursday on two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, and driving under the influence of drugs. She is being held on $75,000 bond.

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