Unlicensed driver plows into Huntington Station home, cops say

Suffolk police say the driver of an SUV crashed into the front of a house in the Huntington Station on May 6, 2014. Dinia Chirinos, of Huntington Station, lost control of a 2001 Subaru Forester, then drove across two lawns and a fence before crashing into the home, police said. (Credit: James Carbone)

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Neither an unlicensed driver nor the sole occupant of a Huntington Station home was injured early Tuesday when a car crashed into the house, igniting a fire, Suffolk County police said.

The car crashed into the front of the house on Hillwood Drive, near Richmond Place, about 5:25 a.m., police said.

Amy Worth was in a back bedroom of the house when a "very, very loud noise" broke her sleep.

"I ran out the back and around the front and saw a car crashed into the house," she said.

Kim Valerio, a former Newsday employee who owns the house and lives in a home next to it, said the house caught fire.

The "fairly large flame" took firefighters about half an hour to put out, she said.

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The driver, Dinia Chirinos, 22, of Huntington Station, was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said. She was arraigned Tuesday and held on $5,000 cash bail.

Police said Chirinos lost control of the 2001 Subaru Forester while driving south on Hillwood Drive, then drove across two lawns and a fence before crashing into the house.

Chirinos told police the brakes failed. Her vehicle was impounded for a safety check.

Her attorney, Michael Kennedy, said a friend had loaned her the car. "It's hard to be in charge of maintenance of a vehicle you've borrowed."

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