Prosecutor: Veteran Police Officer killed A Teenager Before Retirement

Prosecutors claimed that a teenage BMW driver killed a New York detective who was referred to as “Furby” by the department, acting “criminally negligently.”

Just eight months from retirement, Yonkers Detective Sgt. Frank Gualdino, 53, was driving when a 16-year-old driver on a learner’s permit lost control of his vehicle, crossed two yellow lines, and collided head-on with Gualdino’s vehicle.

Prosecutor: Veteran Police Officer killed A Teenager Before Retirement

That occurred back on December 1, 2022, in the neighbouring New York City suburb of Westchester County, New York. After being taken to the hospital quickly, Gualdino passed away from his wounds. His two children and his nearly 30-year-old wife were left behind.

“To say that this situation has been painful and difficult from day one through today is an understatement. Although this is the first step towards closure for all involved,” Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza said in a statement.

A grand jury indicted the driver on a felony charge of criminally negligent homicide after he was taken into custody.

The Journal News, the local newspaper, said that Gualdino’s handcuffs were on the adolescent when he was brought to court.

“My office has been committed throughout this nearly year-long investigation to seeking accountability in this tragic and devastating incident that took the life of Detective Sgt. Gualdino,” Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah said in a statement.

The charge against the adolescent is the lowest felony level in New York State, according to the teenager’s attorney Peter Tilem, who also suggested that the case be transferred to family court because it demonstrates the teen’s dangerous behaviour and drunk driving.

“It’s a tragic situation with no winners,” Tilem said.

“An innocent public servant lost his life … but not every accident should result in a criminal prosecution,” he told Fox News Digital. “Someone died, and there should be consequences, but not criminal consequences.”

The boy was arraigned in Westchester County Court on Tuesday after being accused as an adolescent offender. He suffered injuries in the collision as well.

His bond was set at $5,000 cash or a $10,000 bond, and his next court date is December 15.

According to reports, the adolescent was only in possession of his driver’s licence when the crash occurred on December 1, 2022, at 3:35 p.m.

A motorist with merely a permit may only operate a vehicle with a supervisor who is at least 21 years old between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The NYS DMV states that it’s unclear if a supervisor was in the vehicle at the time.

Remembering Det. Gualdino

Having grown up in Yonkers, which is bordered by the Bronx, Gualdino attended Westchester Community College and Yonkers High School to “pursue his life-long dream of becoming a cop,” according to the Yonkers Police Department.

Before joining the Yonkers Police Department in 1998, he worked for four years in the Transit Bureau of the New York Police Department. Over the course of the next twenty-four years, he performed a variety of duties.

“Frank lived his life committed to a career, city and family he loved and received astounding love in return,” the Yonkers Police Department said in a statement.

“The deep connections he forged on the job were an integral part of his life, as well as that of his family. Frank exuded love for his family in innumerable ways, one being a loyal supporter of his daughter’s college football team, the Holy Cross Crusaders.”

August was his retirement date. After his death, he received a promotion to detective sergeant.

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