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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 22:33

Driver Dies after Car “Rockets” into NY Shop

The driver of a Nissan Maxima recently flew into a Manhasset, NY, body shop “like a rocket” and died.

After speeding and missing a bend in the road and colliding with park benches, garbage pails and other vehicles, the car flew into the Long Island business located on E. Shore Rd. at 8:27 a.m., witnesses said.

Body Works Unlimited owner Michael LaRocca, 45,—who usually opens the shop at that time the crash occurred—arrived late, likely sparing his life, he said.

“It was a close call,” LaRocca told The Post. “I just woke up late.”

When he arrived at work, “It was chaos,” he said. “It looked like a bomb when off in my shop. All of my windows were broken and the car was sticking out of the garage front door.”

Matt Moran, 75, said he saw an airborne car approaching and was afraid it would crash into the front driver’s side. The Maxima hit the rear of his vehicle, he said.

“The driver died. He was flying like 90 miles an hour. He was flying, like a rocket,” he said. Witnesses were afraid to approach the car, thinking it might explode.

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