KEY POINTS

  • The drunk driver rammed his car into a parked vehicle, then hit a mother and her baby
  • The woman was crossing a street while holding her 8-month-old daughter
  • The baby suffered a fractured skull and third-degree burns 

Two police officers and bystanders rescued a mother and her 8-month-old baby, who were trapped under a car that had plowed into a building in New York. 

Security footage released by the Yonkers Police Department captured the horrifying moment the alleged drunk driver lost control of his vehicle.

The video shows the driver hitting a parked car, then ramming into a woman crossing a street with her daughter and later crashing through a barbershop storefront Friday. Two police officers, who were at the bagel shop next door, rushed to the scene where other people were trying to help the mother and the baby.

“We have a baby under the vehicle!” ” Somebody’s got to pull them out!” “Grab the baby!” “C’mon. C’mon!” they can be heard yelling in the video.

The two police officers, hailed as heroes for their prompt action, have been identified as officers Rocco Fusco and Paul Samoyedy.

"The officers with the help of bystanders heroically LIFTED THE VEHICLE off of the baby so she could be rescued and given medical aid. The officers then rendered medical aid to both victims while requesting the necessary additional resources to the scene," the police said in a news release Saturday

The 8-month-old baby suffered a fractured skull and third-degree burns to her back and foot. Her mum, 36, has a compound leg fracture. The two are still recovering in hospital, but are “doing extremely well.” The owner of the barber shop suffered a minor cut. The identities of the victims were not released.

"It is always a tragedy when someone is injured by the reckless and criminal acts of another person, and that is only amplified when those injured include an infant," Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller said in a statement. "The actions taken [by the two police officers] are nothing short of heroic. The individual arrested in this incident will now have to face the consequences of his alleged behavior."

The driver, identified as 43-year-old David Poncurak of Yonkers, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, and also faces a charge of second degree vehicular assault. Authorities said he did not have a license.

"It's honestly a miracle that both of them survived -- very strong mom and an even stronger little infant," officer Fusco told ABC News.

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