YONKERS, NY — Yonkers police have arrested and charged the motive force within the Friday morning automotive crash that severely injured an toddler lady and her mom.
The Yonkers police division launched safety video that seems to indicate a automotive pushed by David Poncurak of Yonkers hitting a parked automotive, earlier than placing the mother and child on the street and accelerating, dragging them via a storefront earlier than the automotive lastly involves a cease inside a barber store on Lake Avenue.
Poncurak was positioned underneath arrest and charged with DWI, vehicular assault and aggravated unlicensed operation of a car. He was held in a single day within the Yonkers Metropolis Jail awaiting arraignment on Saturday.
The toddler suffered a cranium fracture and third diploma burns on her again and foot within the crash. The 36-year-old mom acquired a femur fracture and had surgical procedure on Friday. Each the mom and the toddler are nonetheless being handled, however are anticipated to outlive their accidents. The proprietor of the barber store sustained a minor laceration.
No different accidents had been reported, in response to authorities.
The result may need been far worse if two Yonkers law enforcement officials, Paul Samoyedny and Rocco Fusco had not occurred to be consuming breakfast at a close-by bagel store and witnessed the tragic occasions unfold. Physique digicam footage reveals the cops dashing to assist and discovering that the newborn was pinned underneath the automotive.
Body cam footage reveals the cops, with the assistance of bystanders and the injured store proprietor, lifting the automotive and shortly releasing the mom and little one from the wreckage. The police had been capable of present vital first help till EMTs arrived.
“It’s at all times a tragedy when somebody is injured by the reckless and legal acts of one other individual and that’s solely amplified when these injured embrace an toddler,” Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller stated in an announcement lauding the officers concerned. “Fortunately, two veteran officers of Yonkers’ Best simply occurred to be getting breakfast subsequent door and shortly took motion together with members of the neighborhood to rescue a baby trapped underneath the car and render help to her mom. The actions taken are nothing wanting heroic. The person arrested on this incident will now need to face the implications of his alleged habits.”
Poncurak was detained on the scene of the crash, together with a feminine passenger within the automotive. Investigators quickly realized the 43-year-old driver had a suspended license. Police additionally report discovering an alcoholic beverage within the automotive. A blood take a look at was performed to find out the alcohol/drug content material of his blood, in response to police officers.
Neither the motive force nor the passenger within the automotive had been injured.