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SUV Slams Into Malverne Home, Traps 2 Inside [Updated]

Crash knocks Ocean Avenue home off its foundation.

UPDATED: 11:50 p.m. June 14, 2012

A SUV slammed so hard into the side of a Malverne home Thursday morning that it knocked the building off its foundation.

The white 2002 BMW X5, which was travelling north on Ocean Avenue, struck a home located across from the Hempstead Avenue and Ocean Avenue intersection around 6 a.m. It took out the house's staircase, stranding two occupants on the second floor, who were awoken from their sleep, and sent the chimney toppling over into the side yard.

Malverne Police, Malverne volunteer firefighters and the Malverne Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to the scene. 

Malverne Police Chief John Aresta told Patch that the accident appeared to be caused by "excessive speeding" and that there was nothing indicating that alcohol played a factor.

Nassau County Police said the driver was a 23-year-old Oceanside man, who The New York Post identified as Michael Loise. He was "bloody" and "banged up," but stable and alert when firefighters pulled him out of his vehicle, according to Malverne Assistant Fire Chief James Lang. MVAC placed him on a board, fitted him with a neck brace and rushed him to a local hospital.

"He didn't appear to have any serious injuries," Lang said.

"We had two occupants upstairs, probably sleeping at the time," Lang also told Patch. "When the fire department arrived, we found them at a window and they said they were trapped upstairs because the interior stairs were compromised because of the vehicle. We advised them to go out to a window onto the roof of a porch and we threw up a portable ladder and assisted them down to the ground."

The village's Building Inspector and the Long Island Power Authority were also called in to examine the aftermath. 

The house was deemed uninhabitable, Richard Barbieri, superintendent of Malverne's Buildings Department, told Patch. Barbieri explained that the village's engineering firm, Cameron Engineering and Associates, will submit a full report on the house to the village indicating whether or not it needs to be condemned.

The vehicle was impounded for a brake and safety check and the investigation is ongoing.

The accident impeded traffic on Ocean Avenue for the morning commute. Police were directing cars travelling northbound off of Ocean Avenue onto Church Street. 

Lori Hunt-Lang June 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM
For everyone who has ever made negative comments about Hempstead and Ocean Avenue being "speed traps," please turn on News 12. This is why our MPD is always present to protect our residents and keep the roadways safe from all the traffic that comes THROUGH our village. Cars use Ocean Avenue like an extension to the SSP even though it is a 30 MPH residential area as well as a school zone for part of it...how fast must one be going to not be able to brake BEFORE crashing into a house???
Chris June 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Malverne Volunteer Ambulance was also on scene, which is who treated and transported the driver. A great job was done by all the first responders involved!
Todd Hundley June 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I hope someone checks the driver's BAC, as well as for other vices.
Nothing Surpises Me Anymore June 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM
The question is what was he doing? Was he texting? Talking on his cell or just plain speeding down the road? Amazing stuff!
Tara Conry (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Thanks Chris (and MVAC!) I'll update the article.
Liz Rung June 14, 2012 at 01:40 PM
How many more times do houses need to be hit before more safety precautions are taken??? Thank God that no one has ever been killed in the numerous accidents at this intersection. I really feel that the Village of Malverne, Town of Hempstead and Nassau County need to get together and install some guard rails to protect pedestrians and homes.
Gregg Jefferies June 14, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Other vices? Do you think maybe he was gambling at the time?
Robert Powers June 14, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I want to thank Tara, the police, ambulance Corp and everyone who has continued to keep us keep us updated and safe. I also like all of the comments - this is great. Lori I agree that the "speed Traps" are really for our own good. But before we start judging and putting up barriers lets wait for authorities to see what made this kid crash into the house. This house happens to be very old and built way before Ocean was widened and is very close to the road. If this kid was speeding or texting or on a call then no barrier will stop him from hitting a house a tree, pole or another car. I just thank God that no one was killled or badly hurt...
Anthony Bottan June 14, 2012 at 06:18 PM
great job on this TC. That main picture is so telling. Excellent stuff.
Melissa June 14, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Terrible. Before I moved into the area I was warned about Ocean Avenue...
Melissa L. June 14, 2012 at 07:22 PM
The streets off of ocean avenues are also a constant problem with speeding. I live on wright and a speed reader was put up but no sign of what the side streets speed limit is. I hope one this puts a even more serious effort into stopping the speeding I don't want a car hitting any of our communities children! Rush hour on ocean and the surrounding streets are a potential death threat to us all!
Angelo June 14, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Common sense side street speed limit is 25mph, and those who say that this isn't a safe area, Malverne Police do a great job of watching for speeding vehicles! One person slides under the radar and this causes concern? This guy was preoccupied with a distraction in the car, how else would he smash through a house with no skid marks? This should be a wake up call to all who text, change radio stations, pick up something that fell in their car... I witnessed a teen girl texting while driving smashing into a parked car and telling the cops she was texting!! WAKE UP AND PAY ATTENTION!!!!!
Alan Stanwyk June 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
How fast was he going that he knocked the chimney off? Any mathletes out there?
Meri Stewart June 15, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I heard the 23 year old guys name released last night but now can't find it anywhere...Anyone know?
Tara Conry (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Thanks AB!
Tara Conry (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Thank you Robert!
Tara Conry (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Two news outlets identified the driver as Michael Loise. I'm working on confirming that with Nassau Police.
C. Drabik June 15, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Is there any effort being made to assist the homeowner/occupants?
Maureen June 24, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I am sure that this 23 year old MICHAEL LOISE was driving very fast.He destroyed these poor people 's home.
Maureen June 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM
You are 100 per cent right.This guy was SPEEDING. I feel sorry for the Ortega family...their house is destroyed ..thanks to Michael LOise.

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