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Wake for New York sergeant who died in crash involving 16-year-old driver

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  • Yonkers Police Sergeant Frank Gualdino was killed in a collision between a B-Line bus and a BMW on Thursday, December 1. According to the police, the father of both worked in the traffic department of the department. Jagran has been kept on this Tuesday 6th December.
  • Gualdino, who was recognized last month for saving the life of a 3-year-old during a funeral, was driving an undercover department vehicle when on duty on Tuckahoe Road went the wrong way around 3:30 p.m. Apparently lost control and crossed the yellow line.
  • Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza said Friday, December 2, that according to a preliminary investigation, the man driving the BMW M5 sports car was a 16-year-old teenager with a learner’s permit. Sapienza said no one with a valid driver’s license was in the vehicle.

NEW YORK – Yonkers Police Sergeant Frank Gualdino was killed in a collision between a B-Line bus and a BMW on Thursday, December 1. According to the police, the father of both worked in the traffic department of the department.

This Tuesday, December 6, a vigil is held in which family members, co-workers, and loved ones prepare to say their last goodbyes.

Gualdino, who was recognized last month for saving the life of a 3-year-old during a funeral, was driving an undercover department vehicle when on duty on Tuckahoe Road went the wrong way around 3:30 p.m. 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.

Body camera video shows the driver of the BMW losing control, crossing the line and crashing 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,” said Sapienza, a 24-year veteran of the Yonkers Police Department. “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. The officers gave him a full salute when his body was taken from the hospital overnight. 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 edge, you know, always tell your kids to watch it, slow down, slow down, drive slow and sometimes they Keep doing what was going on there.”

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