Skooter reporting 09/29/12
A mother and her young daughter were trapped when a car driven by a drunken Staten Island man smashed into his neighbor’s home and was charged with DUI, police said.
About 4:10 a.m. today, Charles Trainor, 22, lost control of his 2010 Hyundai Elantra when he was heading north on Lee Avenue in Tottenville. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the man, lives two blocks from the crash, and was charged this morning with vehicular assault and operating while intoxicated.
FDNY rescued Lisa Roman, 40, and Leonora Roman, 5, after they were trapped underneath of the Elantra in their home on Arthur Kill Road home, authorities said. The two other daughters, Melissa Roman, 17, and her 15-year-old sister were sleeping in the bedroom, while her mother and Leonora were asleep on a couch in the kitchen. Suddenly they were awaken by a booming sound, Melissa said. They were trying to call out to her little sister and she was not responding. Then they tried to pull their mother out who was halfway under the car. They could only see her head and shoulders. They thought it was a nightmare.
After about 20 minutes, rescuers pulled out mother and child, and they were taken to Staten Island University North Hospital, authorities said.
Leocadio Roman, 55, the father, rushed to the hospital after he got an upsetting early morning phone call. The Romans had recently separated and were living apart at the time of the crash.
The mother experienced bad burns to her back, fractures to her face and leg, while the child’s arm was burnt, and with broken bones underneath her eye, the family said. The mother was in critical but stable condition and so with her daughter, authorities said.