A teenager without a license drove a BMW that killed the Yonkers, NY police officer

A 16-year-old driver with a learner’s permit he had had for about two weeks was speeding in a BMW sports car when he lost control and crashed into the vehicle of a Yonkers police sergeant, killing the officer, police officers said on Friday With.

The victim of Thursday’s fatal multi-vehicle collision was identified Friday as Sgt. Frank Gualdino, a 24-year veteran of the Yonkers Police Department who served as the traffic unit supervisor.

Gualdino, a 53-year-old married father of two, was on duty driving an unmarked 2012 Chevy Impala in Yonkers around 3:30 p.m. when the BMW M5 pulled into oncoming traffic and crashed first into the police officer’s vehicle and then into crashed into a Westchester County Bee Line bus.

The accident happened on Tuckahoe Road at the Sprain Brook Parkway overpass, police said.

Gualdino, who was nine months from retirement, was taken to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead from injuries to his head and body.

The driver of the BMW, who was not named because he is a minor, was hospitalized in critical condition with serious blunt force injuries, Yonkers police said.

Yonker Police Sgt. Frank Gualdino, 53, a married father of two, was killed on duty in a head-on collision Thursday.
Yonker Police Sgt. Frank Gualdino, 53, a married father of two, was killed in a head-on collision on duty Thursday.
Yonkers Police Department

During a news conference on Friday, Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza revealed that the 16-year-old did not have a driver’s license and only drove a relative’s luxury sports car on a learner’s permit, which he received just over two weeks ago.

“It basically looks like reckless driving,” said Sapienza. “You have a 16-year-old with a learner’s license, no driver’s license, driving at extremely high speeds in a very fast car.”

Yonkers Police released video obtained from a witness showing the final moments before the collision.

According to the police, the 16-year-old drove the blue BMW M5 of a relative without a license at high speed.

According to the police, the 16-year-old drove the blue BMW M5 of a relative without a license at high speed.


Gualdino suffered catastrophic injuries to his head and body while driving his unmarked 2012 Chevy Impala.

Gualdino suffered catastrophic injuries to his head and body while driving his unmarked 2012 Chevy Impala.


The BMW also collided with a Bee Line bus, injuring its driver.

The BMW also collided with a Bee Line bus, injuring its driver.


In it, the blue 2020 BMW M5 can be seen accelerating before apparently losing control and the double yellow line getting in the way of Sgt. Gualdino’s car and the circle bus.

The driver of the Bee-Lee bus sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and some of the 30 passengers were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Police said they spoke to the owner of the BMW, who was described as a relative of the 16-year-old. The teenager lives with his family in Yonkers and attends a private school.

Video released by police on Friday shows the final moments before the crash on Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers.
Video released by police on Friday shows the final moments before the crash on Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers.
CBS News

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano described Gualdino as someone who was “very, very respected” by his peers and the community he served.

Commissioner Sapienza said Gualdino was “a great friend and a great police officer”.

The sergeant was honored in October for saving the life of a 3-year-old boy who lost consciousness during a funeral procession for a former prison officer.

“Frank was a great guy,” said Sapienza. “He was a personal friend. He’s been an asset to this job, he’s been an honor to this job and he’s been an honor to the community, and that’s a tragic, tragic loss for us.”

Gualdino is survived by his wife Lisa and their two children, aged 14 and 20.

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