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West Hempstead man accidentally drives pickup into mom's house

Leonard Holm, 43, sits in front of his

Leonard Holm, 43, sits in front of his mother's house in West Hempstead after accidentally crashing his pickup truck into the side of the home on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Nassau police said no criminality was suspected. Credit: Jim Staubitser

A West Hempstead home was partially destroyed Friday morning when a man accidentally drove his pickup truck into the side of his mother's house, the woman said.

Karen Holm, of Woodlawn Road, said her son Leonard Holm was pulling up to the house when the truck accelerated -- traveling across the front lawn, through her flower bed, and through the right side of the house and a fence.

Nassau County police said the accident occurred at 10:52 a.m. and the driver was not injured. Police said no criminality was suspected and that the driver was not charged.

"It's an accident," a police spokesman said.

Karen Holm said she was across the street when the accident happened.

"He pulled up between the truck and the car," she said. "He pulled up and he accelerated and he went right through the house and fence."

Asked what it sounded like, she said: "Crack, crack, crack."

A photo of the scene showed the pickup truck stopped in the middle of a flower bed, half of the front picture window and the side of the house gone.

In the photo and video, Leonard Holm, 43, is seated on the front stoop, leaned against the front of the house and door.

Karen Holm said her son was dazed from the airbag deployment. He didn't speak about the accident at the scene.

Officials said a building inspector was attempting to determine the extent of the structural damage to the home and whether it was still habitable.

With Jim Staubitser

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