Hero Officers Rescue Baby Trapped beneath Car Wreck — Reunite with Her before Her 1st Birthday

Ayesha Muhammad
Nov 30, 2021
12:30 P.M.
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Two cops were busy grabbing breakfast at a bagel shop when a speeding car slamming into a nearby barbershop caught their attention. The vehicle had hit a mother carrying her eight-month-old baby while crossing the street. 

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Unfortunate incidents can happen to anyone at any time. However, many people are fortunate enough to survive even the most harrowing experiences thanks to the help of good samaritans. 

A mother and her baby girl were lucky to be surrounded by two quick-thinking officers and a group of kind strangers who didn't think twice before jumping in to help. 

[Left] 1-year-old Leslie. [Right] Yonkers Police Officers Rocco Fusco and Paul Samoyedny. | Photo: twitter.com/Inside Edition

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THE HORRIFIC ACCIDENT

On July 23, a mother and her child were hit by a car in Yonkers, New York. The 36-year-old woman was about to cross the street holding her eight-month-old baby daughter when an out-of-control vehicle came around the corner and smashed into them.

Resultantly, the mom and her baby girl were carried on the car's hood as it went straight through the plate glass window of a barbershop. While the woman was hurled from the speeding vehicle, her baby was trapped underneath. 

Screams and cries began echoing inside the dilapidated barbershop as bystanders rushed to the scene to help. On the same day, two police officers from the Yonkers Police Department also happened to be in the area. 

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Yonkers Police Officers Rocco Fusco and Paul Samoyedny. | Photo: YouTube.com/Inside Edition

THE KIND COPS

Officers Rocco Fusco and Paul Samoyedny, who were grabbing breakfast at a bagel shop, hurried to rescue the woman and her child. 

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Four months after the horrific incident, Mirna Nunez and her baby girl, Leslie, were reunited with the kind cops who came to their rescue.

Their body camera footage showed the moment the speeding vehicle lost control, hit several parked cars, and barreled straight into the barbershop, dragging along the mother and her child. 

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SAVING LIVES

A video shared on YouTube by the Yonkers Police Department captured how the quick-thinking cops and brave bystanders helped rescue the child pinned underneath the vehicle. Officer Fusco told WABC: 

'It's honestly a miracle that both of them survived - very strong mom and an even stronger little infant (sic)."

While Rusco helped the mother stay clear of the wreckage, Samoyedny, a 15-year veteran of the police force, heroically pulled the eight-month-old baby from underneath the hot engine of the vehicle. 

Mirna Nunez and her baby girl were reunited with the police officers who rescued them earlier this year. | Photo: YouTube.com/Inside Edition

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THE SEVERE WRECKAGE

With the help of a few kind civilians, the two officers could lift the 4,000-pound vehicle just in time to save the little girl. According to a press release by the Yonkers Police Department, the mother sustained a severe femur fracture. 

Her eight-month-old baby girl suffered a skull fracture and third-degree burns on her back and foot. The barbershop owner also had a minor laceration. The driver was identified as 43-year-old David Poncurak and lived in Yonkers. 

Poncurak was driving in a drunken state and with a suspended license. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree vehicular assault, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He is said to have pleaded guilty to charges.

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THE REUNION

Four months after the horrific incident, Mirna Nunez and her baby girl, Leslie, were reunited with the kind cops who came to their rescue. She also wrote a note for the occasion, thanking the officers for saving her daughter's life. It said:

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"What an amazing thing it is to be able to recognize the good and everyday people who, thank God, were in the right place at the right time."

The reunion happened just in time for Thanksgiving and little Leslie's first birthday. Nunez is still undergoing treatment for physical and psychological injuries but is relieved that her daughter will have no recollection of the horrible incident. 

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