Far Rockaway man counts his blessings after a car hits his apartment; “The whole house shook! “- CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – A man from Queens is thankful to be alive after a car hits his apartment.
But as CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported on Wednesday, the driver then fled.
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“I’m still alone in this house, man. I lost a lot here. I lost a lot, ”said Rob Olin.
The personal effects Olin was able to recover now only fit in a few bags.
This after a car crashed into his apartment on Tuesday afternoon as he was getting ready for work, only stopping after checking into his living room.
“I don’t know, my everything… everything shook. The whole house shook! The boom was so crazy it opened my door and my door was locked, ”Olin said.
Witnesses said the black BMW was flying over Edgemere Avenue in Far Rockaway when the driver lost control at Beach 44th Street and crashed into the building around the corner.
A woman named Sarika lives on the second floor.
“I felt like I was in the twilight zone. That’s how fast they’re going here. This is not the first accident that has happened. It’s just unfortunate that he walked into the house, ”Sarika said.
Police said the driver was 23-year-old Raekwon Winston. Officers said after the crash, he got out of the car and removed the license plates before running away.
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“He walked into the apartment, literally took off the license plate and said he was going to jail. Something like that. People just started taking pictures of him, ”Sarika said.
Olin said he never saw the driver.
“I jumped in my tub and I stayed in my tub, I stayed in my tub with my boxers on,” Olin said.
It turned out to be the safest place.
Now Olin said he was thinking about the tragedy that could have been.
“What if I was sitting on my couch here, man,” Olin said.
This brings some comfort, as he is now forced to find a way to start over.
All residents must relocate for fear of possible structural damage to the property.
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The suspect, Winston, was arrested and faces multiple charges, including reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.