Perinton, N.Y. - An East Rochester police sergeant is charged with DWI for an overnight crash on Fairport Road.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says a pickup truck driven by Sgt. Paul Monachino crashed head-on into a mini-van near the intersection of Fairport Road and Marsh Road around 12:30 a.m. When deputies got to the scene, they found an off-duty Sgt. Monachino sitting on a guardrail.
The mini-van with was occupied by three local teenagers; driver Christopher Dorofy, 18, front-seat passenger Hayden Walsh, 19, and rear passenger Conor Bascom, 19. A Sheriff's Office Spokesman said Bascom was ejected through the windshield and suffered back and internal injuries.
Bascom was discharged from Strong Hospital and home recovering with his family Tuesday night. His father simply said that "God was watching over him" but he declined further comment.
Firefighters had to cut apart the mini-van to free the driver Christopher Dorofy who remains in Golisano Children's Hospital listed in Satisfactory condition Tuesday night. The family referred media requests to their lawyer, Christina Agola, who explained that Dorofy is an East Rochester High School Senior who is scheduled to graduate later this month. She described his injuries as severe and said that late Tuesday afternoon he was undergoing surgery for, among other things, broken bones in his legs.
The third mini-van passenger Hayden Walsh suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Strong Memorial Hospital. Walsh's father had no comment when 13WHAM contacted him at his home. The Walsh family lives next door to Sgt. Monachino, 39, and his family. Monachino turns 40 years-old this Friday according to a Sheriff's Office press release.
Walsh and Bascom graduated East Rochester High School last year where Walsh was also the captain of the football team.
Monachino was charged with a misdemeanor count of Driving While Intoxicated and may not be expected to appear in Perinton Town Court until next month. Monachino is an 18 year-veteran of the East Rochester Police Department and also the head softball coach for Aquinas High School. A member of his family had no comment when reached Tuesday by 13WHAM News.
East Rochester Police Chief Steven Clancy said in a statement that his department will conduct its own administrative internal investigation. He said Monachino will be out of work an extended amount of time, but did not return additional phone calls or comment further on whether Monachino will be put on leave or whether his extended absence would be paid or unpaid in nature.