The congregation of Second Baptist Church on Grand Avenue in Baldwin had to move its Sunday services after a car smashed through the wall of the church at about 4:30 a.m.
A car smashed through the wall of Second Baptist Church on March 8, shortly before Sunday services. Photos show the 2008 Infiniti G35 tilted on its side at a 45-degree angle and resting with its front end lodged in the church’s wall. A jagged hole was left behind after the vehicle was removed. The car also flattened several trees and knocked over a sign, according to CBS New York.
“It was a big bang, it shook us out of bed,” neighbor Debbie O’Rourke told CBS New York. “Very scary because a lot of people walk over there.”
The driver, Sherif Wheeler, 21, and a 20-year-old passenger fled the scene of the crash, and another vehicle dropped the passenger off at South Nassau Communities Hospital. Wheeler, of Baldwin, turned himself into Nassau police on Sunday evening and was charged with leaving the scene of an incident with an injury and operating a vehicle without a proper license. He was admitted to a local hospital and is due in court later this month, CBS New Yorkreported.
The congregation moved its services to its new building across the street that is still under construction. Pastor Harrison Dinks told CBS New York that the congregation hopes to re-open the church by next Sunday.