After an 11-month investigation, the Yonkers Police Department has officially filed criminal charges against the driver responsible for the tragic accident that took the life of Yonkers Police Detective Sergeant Frank Gualdino in December 2022.
The incident occurred in the afternoon of Thursday, December 1st, 2022. Authorities received reports of a multi-vehicle accident at the Sprain Brook Parkway overpass on Tuckahoe Road. The collision involved several vehicles including a Bee-Line bus, a 2020 BMW M5, and an unmarked YPD 2012 Chevrolet Impala. Tragically, Detective Sergeant Frank Gualdino lost his life due to the injuries sustained in the crash. Gualdino was a dedicated 24-year veteran of the Yonkers Police Department.
The 16-year-old driver of the BMW sustained seriously injuries. Owing to his minor status, authorities cannot divulge any further identifying information.
On Friday, October 27, 2023, a Westchester County Court Grand Jury indicted the 16-year-old on one count of Criminally Negligent Homicide, a felony. Today, he voluntarily surrendered to Yonkers Police Detectives and was subsequently arraigned in the Youth Part of Westchester County Court. The next court will be December 15.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano expressed the city’s collective grief.
The consequences of the irresponsible action of the driver resulted in a loss for our Yonkers Police Department, our City, and most importantly, the Gualdino family. Several law enforcement agencies dedicated time and resources by proactively pursuing this case, and we thank them for their effort and commitment. Thank you to Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah for securing charges and following through with this case.Mike Spano – Mayor of Yonkers
Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza also gave his thanks to his detectives and the DA. He further added, “This is the first step towards closure for all involved.“
The tragic loss of Detective Sergeant Frank Gualdino has left an indelible mark on the Police Department and the community. With charges now filed, the legal process moves forward. However, the city of Yonkers continues to mourn the loss of a dedicated public servant and extends its deepest condolences to the Gualdino family.