Ron LeeAug 7, 2017, 10:52 am

PD: Driver arrested after fleeing 2-car crash that destroyed Levittown backyard pool

Andrew Zub, 40, charged in collision that left 2 people injured


A peaceful scene involving a Levittown homeowner and his dog quickly turned chaotic when Nassau County police say a two-car crash had one driver's pickup truck plowing through a fence along Seamen's Neck Road. The vehicle knocked down a backyard above-the-ground swimming pool belonging to Chris Hoebler.

Hoebler and his dog Mani were nearly killed Sunday around 9:15 p.m. when the crash blasted through a fence just 10 feet from where they had been relaxing.

"I grew up in this house, and fortunately, it's the first time anything stupid like this has ever happened. But, you know, everybody drives on Long Island. We're all idiots, you know, Slow down!," Hoebler said.

Police could not provide a picture of 40-year-old Andrew Zub, but they say Zub, who is from Levittown, was the driver of the pickup truck. Authorities say he ran away from the scene on foot while a 74-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man in the other car were taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries.

Detectives say Zub was eventually arrested at his home and that he now faces multiple charge, including leaving the scene of an incident and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

As for homeowner Hoebler deals with his insurance company, he says this is the second time in less than five years that he's had to replace a swimming pool in his backyard. The first time was because of Superstorm Sandy when a tree in his backyard took out that pool.

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