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Suffolk police: Coram home hit by Porsche, driver flees


Terry Soto, the owner of the Coram home that was hit by someone driving a 2014 Porsche early Wednesday morning, Feb. 8, 2017, recounts the experience that has left her and her husband without power before Thursday's expected snowstorm.  Credit: Newsday / James Carbone; Stringer News Service

A car crashed into the attached garage of a home in Coram early Wednesday and the driver ran off, Suffolk County police said.

There were no injuries to occupants of the home on Wellington Road, police said, but both the garage and a car parked in the driveway were damaged in the crash about 2:20 a.m.

The white 2014 Porsche that hit the garage came to rest in the trees near the home.

Terry and Anibal Soto, both 55, as well as their son Eric, 33, and his wife, Stacey, 35, were home at the time of the crash.

“I’m just glad we’re all OK,” Terry Soto said in a telephone interview. “My husband was watching TV with ear plugs and everyone else was sleeping and I heard a big boom.”

Soto said she jumped out of bed and ran to the front of the house where she saw two guys running from the garage area.

“I yelled to my husband that someone’s on our property,” Soto said. “I saw that one guy was thin and tall and was wearing light clothing and the other was in dark clothing. They ran towards Avon Lane and then straight toward Swezey Lane” in Middle Island.

Soto said her husband ran outside and said, “‘Oh my God, they hit the garage!”

“They smashed the whole side area — it was pulled off,” Soto said. “There’s stuff sprawled all over the place,” she added, including her son’s wedding presents that he was storing there until he and his wife could purchase their own house.

Soto said the car in the driveway that was hit belongs to Stacey Soto and it was destroyed.

“I was going to learn to drive in that car but that won’t be happening — it’s completely totaled,” Terry Soto said. “They almost split the engine in half.”

Police said they are searching for the driver. A police spokeswoman said she was unaware whether there was a passenger.

Meanwhile, with a snowstorm on the way, Terry Soto said she has more immediate concerns.

“Our main problem right now is that we have no power and no heat,” she said. “They hit where my electrical panel is and PSEG had to shut off the power. The Town of Brookhaven said the wires could start a fire so we have to see if we can get the panel moved someplace else.”

Soto said her husband, a waiter at Gallager’s Steakhouse in Manhattan, had to take the day off “to make sure we’re secure.”

“I hope they catch the guys,” Terry Soto said. “You have to own up to your responsibility.”

CORRECTION: Anibal Soto’s name was incorrectly spelled in a previous version of this story.

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