NYC Trooper credited with saving driver after car crashes into gas station
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A Senior Investigator with State Police is credited with saving a man after a car crash into gas pumps at a Mobil station.
According to state police, on Tuesday around 11 a.m. Senior Investigator John Vescio of Troop NYC was fueling his State Police vehicle at a Mobil station in White Plains. While he was pumping gas, he heard a car entering the station’s parting lot at a high rate of speed.
Vescio turned just as the speeding vehicle slammed into another car on the opposite side of the pump. The car then hit the pump itself.
The pump housing fell on top of the Sr. Investigator Vescio, who was able to crawl out from under the pump at the same time the front of the vehicle and the pump caught fire.
Vescio was injured in the accident, but immediately went over to the 69-year-old operator of the crashed car and pulled him out of the vehicle to safety. Police say the driver was incoherent, and he was possible having a diabetic emergency right before the accident.
Sr. Investigator Vescio took control of the scene, knowing he had ammunition in his vehicle, he directed bystanders out of the way of the fire. One bystander helped to moving the 69-year-old further away from the scene.
Witnesses told police that they heard popping noises in the area of the vehicles. However, Troop NYC Captain Dominick L. Chiumento confirms that Vescio’s issued weapon and his ammunition were accounted for, with none being compromised. The State Police vehicle and equipment in the trunk was heavily damaged in the fire.
“Despite Senior Investigator Vescio’s own injuries, he remained focused and committed to saving the life of the operator of that Toyota. If not for his swift response, the situation could have turned much worse,” said Captain Chiumento.
Senior Investigator Vescio was treated and released from a local hospital for injuries sustained during the incident.
The 69-year-old operator was transported to Westchester Medical Center.
The accident investigation is being handled by the Westchester County Department of Public Safety.
The State Police would like to thank the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, the Harrison Police Department, and the White Plains Fire Department for the assistance they rendered to Senior Investigator Vescio and responding State Police members.