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Woman expects Joel to pay for home repairs

The singer crashed his car into the 93-year-old woman's Bayville, N.J. home.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A 93-year-old woman whose house was damaged when Billy Joel slammed into it with his car had never heard of the Long Island singer until the accident, but now she expects him to pay for repairs.

Maria Dono of Bayville returned from a shopping trip Sunday afternoon to find Joel speaking with police outside her house.

“He hit my bushes and the wall. He’d better come fix it,” Maria Dono told the New York Post for Tuesday’s editions. “I’m sure he has money.”

Claire Mercuri, a spokeswoman for Joel, said the 54-year-old singer’s “main concern” was to repair the damage.

“He’s taken immediate steps to make sure it’s repaired as quickly as possible,” Mercuri told the Post.

Joel had been driving on Bayville Avenue when his 1967 Citroen skidded on the wet road and hit Dono’s house. There was no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement and Joel was not suspected of any crime, Nassau County police said.

He suffered a small cut on his left ring finger but refused medical attention.

The wreck was the third car accident in two years for Joel. Last year, he was hospitalized after smashing his car into a tree along a highway on far eastern Long Island, and he escaped serious injury in a crash in East Hampton in June 2002.