Monday, January 30, 2023

New details emerge about NY sergeant killed in spectacular car crash

what to know

  • The Yonkers police sergeant who was killed a day earlier in a multi-vehicle crash involving a B-Line bus and a BMW was identified Friday as Frank Gualdino, a married father of two who worked in the department’s traffic department, according to police . ,
  • Gualdino, who was recognized last month for saving the life of a 3-year-old child during a funeral, was driving an undercover department vehicle while on duty on Tuckahoe Road around 3:30 p.m. Thursday when a BMW swerved But was going Apparently lost control and crossed the yellow line.
  • Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza said Friday that according to a preliminary investigation, the man driving the BMW M5 sports car was a 16-year-old with a learner’s permit. Sapienza said no one with a valid driver’s license was in the vehicle.

NEW YORK — The Yonkers police sergeant who was killed a day earlier in a multi-vehicle crash involving a B-Line bus and a BMW was identified Friday as Frank Gualdino, a married father of two who worked in the department’s traffic division. Of the Police.

Gualdino, who was recognized last month for saving the life of a 3-year-old boy during a funeral, was driving an undercover department vehicle while on duty on Tuckahoe Road around 3:30 p.m. Thursday when a BMW sped off the wrong way. But was going Apparently lost control and crossed the yellow line.

Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza said Friday that according to a preliminary investigation, the man driving the BMW M5 sports car was a 16-year-old with a learner’s permit. Sapienza said no one with a valid driver’s license was in the vehicle. He also said that the juvenile driver was speeding.

Dashcam video posted at Friday’s briefing shows the BMW driver lose control, cross the line and crash into Gualdino’s late-model Impala and a Westchester County B-Line bus. Sapienza said the investigation is ongoing, but it appears the young driver was unable to control the “extremely fast sports car” he was driving.

“Frank was the victim of a terrible car accident yesterday,” Sapienza, a 24-year veteran of the Yonkers Police Department, said Friday. “He was a personal friend and he was an asset to this cause. He was credited for his work and he was a credit to the community. And it’s a sad, sad loss for us.”

Gualdino was the sole occupant of his vehicle and died at a hospital. According to police, the sedan also collided with a Westchester County B-Line bus. At that time there were about 30 people in the bus. Some received minor injuries. The bus driver was also injured, but that person’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The driver of the BMW was seriously injured in the accident. He remained hospitalized in an intensive care unit on Friday. Details about possible charges were not immediately available.

Gualdino, 53, was hired by Yonkers police in 1998. He will retire next year. When his body was taken from the hospital overnight, the officials gave him a full salute. Funeral arrangements have not yet been revealed.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano described Gualdino as a friend, sergeant, respected officer and a “good family man” who led an iconic unit. He said he was greatly respected by his colleagues and his Westchester community and expressed his condolences to his wife Lisa and their children Emily and Mark.

“We mourn the loss of a tremendous officer. There’s also a family,” Spano said. “You know, we were all 16 once. We all have teenagers in our families. We know when you’re 16, you like to be on the sidelines, you know, always tell your kids over and over to watch it, so slow down, drive slow and sometimes they Keep doing what was going on there.”

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