While turning a corner, a man lost control of his Jeep, smashed through the fence of a nearby North Lindenhurst home and demolished an aboveground pool before a retaining wall stopped him shortly before midnight on Wednesday, police said.
The Jeep came to rest at the far end of the backyard, which became a mini skating rink, with large swaths of plastic from the pool and other debris draped across the lawn, photographs show.
"I heard an explosion, like boom! No skid marks, no screeching of brakes or anything like that," a neighbor, Robert Larschan, told News 12 Long Island on Thursday morning.
Larschan, who called 911, said: "We heard the guy, someone saying, 'Help, help.' "
The Jeep driver escaped with only minor injuries, police said. He was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.
Police did not release the name of the driver, who crashed while headed south on Wellwood Avenue at the corner of June Street at about 11:40 p.m.
The homeowners, Larschan told News 12, evidently were not awakened by the sound of the Jeep roaring through their property. "They slept through it. I went to their door, I was banging, ‘There’s a car in the yard! There’s a car in the yard!’ ”
His daughter, Nicole, said: “It was really scary for me.”