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Veteran cop killed months before retirement by teen with driver’s permit: prosecutor

A teenage BMW driver was “criminally negligent” when he killed a New York detective affectionately known in the department as “Furby,” prosecutors said.

Yonkers Detective Sgt. Frank Gualdino, 53, was only eight months away from retirement when a 16-year-old driver with a learner’s permit lost control of his car, crossed double yellow lines and smashed head-on into Gualdino’s car.

That was back on Dec. 1, 2022 in Westchester County, New York, a bordering suburb of New York City. Gualdino was rushed to a hospital, where he died from his injuries. He left behind his wife of nearly 30 years and two children. 

“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.

“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.”

He was due to retire in August. He was posthumously promoted to detective sergeant. 

Chris Eberhart is a crime and US news reporter for Fox News Digital. Email tips to chris.eberhart@fox.com or on Twitter @ChrisEberhart48.

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