Speeding driver crashes car into house, killing home owner

A man was killed when a speeding driver being chased by police spun out of control and crashed a car through his home's walls and into his living room, authorities said.

Neighborhood residents, who witnessed Thursday's accident, said the car was traveling at about 90 mph (145 kph).

"The car was flying," said Thomas Chiappone, who lives a block away. "All of a sudden, the car just veered across traffic. All of a sudden, we heard a big boom."

The car went through several walls of the house before striking and killing homeowner William Calhoun, Suffolk County police Detective Sgt. Kenneth Williams said. Calhoun's son was watching television in the basement of the one-story home at the time but was not injured.

The body of Calhoun, 59, was still pinned under the car hours after the crash because heavy equipment was needed to remove the vehicle without collapsing the house, police said. The sedan's blinking lights could be seen through the home's windows, the AP said.

The driver was arrested at the scene and was being questioned, police said.

Officers approached him and another man at about 2:30 p.m. for their involvement in a possible drug deal, police said. He sped off in the car, and the other man took off on foot and was arrested shortly after, they said.

Officers chased the car for about four minutes before it crossed a median and slammed into the home, police said. The driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they said.

Police said they were not sure when the equipment would arrive so Calhoun's body could be removed.

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