Moment when officers and bystanders lift car from baby who was stuck after drunk driver hit her and her mother
Moment when officers and bystanders lift car of eight-month-old girl who was trapped after drunk driver hit her and her mother in New York
- An eight-month-old baby and her mother were hit by a car Friday morningochtend
- They were crossing a street in Yonkers when an unlicensed drunk driver hit them
- The pair were carried on the hood of the car and rammed into a barber shop
- Two police officers having breakfast nearby rushed to the scene to help
- The couple coordinated the lifting of the car to free the trapped baby
- “Very strong mother and an even stronger little child,” Officer Rocco Fusco said
An eight-month-old baby was rescued by police officers and bystanders who worked together to lift a car she was trapped under.
The child and her mother were hit by the car in Yonkers when a suspected drunk driver rounded the corner on Friday and ran into them as they crossed the road.
The 36-year-old mother and her baby were carried on the hood of the car as it drove into a barbershop.
The mother was thrown from the car, but her daughter was trapped underneath.
Yonkers police officers Rocco Fusco and Paul Samoyedy had breakfast nearby and rushed to the crime scene.
Body camera footage of the two police officers shows the moment the car crashed into the barbershop and bystanders worked frantically to lift the trapped child’s car
The blue car turned the corner, collided with a white parked car, then collided with the 36-year-old woman crossing the road
The car that got out of hand drove into a barbershop, with the mother and child trapped underneath
“It really is a miracle that they both survived – a very strong mother and an even stronger little child,” Fusco told ABC news.
He helped the mother get out of the wreckage and Samoyedy, a 15-year veteran of the Corps, is then seen pulling the eight-month-old child from under the vehicle.
“I have, I have it, I have the baby,” he is heard in the video.
Body camera footage shows the couple frantically working with bystanders to lift the badly damaged car and pull the crying baby out from underneath.
Police and bystanders lifted the crumpled car to free the trapped mother and child
Rocco Fusco, one of the Yonkers police officers, said it was ‘a miracle’ that the baby survived
The baby, wearing a Mini Mouse dress, is lifted from the wreckage
Fusco said the mother and child were incredibly strong to survive their ordeal
David Poncurack, 43, did not have a driver’s license and has been charged with drink-driving
“Fortunately, two experienced officers from Yonkers’ best were having breakfast just next door and, together with members of the community, took swift action to rescue a child trapped under the vehicle and help her mother,” said police commissioner John Mueller in a statement. a press release.
“The actions taken are downright heroic.”
The baby suffered a fractured skull and burns to her back and foot.
Her 36-year-old mother broke a leg, the press release said.
The driver, David Poncurack, 43, was unlicensed.
He was arrested at the scene and charged with drink-driving.
“The driver got out and immediately went to see if the woman was okay,” Samoyedy said.
He and a female passenger were not injured. The mother and baby are expected to make a full recovery.