Home surveillance video shows violent crash that critically injured 5-year-old girl in New Hampshire

The driver, who struck a granite mailbox post that went flying into the house, has been charged with driving under the influence.


New home surveillance video shows a violent crash in New Hampshire that left a young girl critically injured.

A Ring doorbell camera at a Salem home captured the moment that 5-year-old Giuliana Tutrone walked into a front room, just as the family's granite mailbox post was launched through the front wall of the house by a car that crashed into the post.

Joe Tutrone, Giuliana's father, says he rushed to see what had happened when he saw wood and glass flying through his foyer.

"I thought my son broke the glass. I didn't know what was happening," Joe Tutrone said. "I said, 'Dominic, what did you do?' He said, 'I don't know daddy. The house blew up and Giuliana's dead.' That's when I turned around and I just saw two-by-fours and sheetrock and everything on the ground. I pulled it off and that's where she was."

Giuliana was rushed to a Boston hospital with critical injuries and underwent emergency surgery. By Tuesday, she was riding a tricycle around the hospital.

"She was so brave, so brave through it all. I was so proud of her," Joe Tutrone said.

The driver of the car who crashed into a mailbox post, 37-year-old Dr. Scott Dowd, was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, aggravated driving under the influence and first-degree assault for causing bodily injury to a person under the age of 13, according to Salem police.

"In my mind, I said, 'This poor guy had a heart attack or a seizure, or something serious happened to him. It's not his fault. I feel so bad.' When I found out it was a drunk driver, I wanted to kill him," said Joe Tutrone. "I've never been so angry in my life. He better pay and not get off."

Joe Tutrone says Giuliana has been released from the hospital, but the family's home remains unsafe to live in.

Dowd is an orthopedic surgeon who has practiced at Orthopaedics Northeast P.C., which is based in Salem, New Hampshire. He is also affiliated with Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts.

Sister station WCVB contacted Orthopaedics Northeast P.C. and Lawrence General Hospital for comment about the crash but has yet to hear back from either party.