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Billy Joel’s Crash Debris Fetches $1,075

May 7, 2004

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) _ Busted-up pieces of the grill from the car Billy Joel was driving when he skidded into a house on Long Island last month have sold at a charity auction for $1,075.

WBLI morning show co-host Steve Harper said Friday that an unidentified bidder from Lindenhurst was the winner of the online auction sponsored by his radio station. He said the bidder has two weeks to come forward.

Harper said the money will be donated to the Maurer Foundation, a Long Island-based group that helps in the fight against breast cancer.

Joel lost control of his vintage 1967 Citroen on a rain-slicked road near his home on April 25, slamming into a house. The 55-year-old singer received a small cut on his left ring finger but refused medical attention.

The wreck was the third 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.

The debris was collected off the street at the crash site by the station’s ``Slam the Stunt Man,″ Harper said. A Nassau County police spokesman has said Joel did not say he wanted the grill parts back, so there was no legal reason to stop the auction.

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