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‘She was so brave’: N.H. father recalls moment alleged drunk driver slammed into house, injuring 5-year-old girl

A good Samaritan is credited with helping to save the girl's life.

A 5-year-old girl who was seriously injured Saturday when an alleged drunk driver slammed his car into her New Hampshire home is now expected to make a full recovery.

Giuliana Tutrone has been released from the hospital after she suffered a broken jaw and facial cuts in the July 10 crash, WBZ reports.

Salem police on Wednesday announced the driver, 37-year-old Scott Dowd, is now facing three charges: first degree assault, victim under 13 with serious bodily injury; aggravated driving while intoxicated, with serious bodily injury; and three counts of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon.

Accordng to WCVB, Dowd is an orthopedic surgeon, who has practiced at Orthopaedics Northeast P.C., which has locations in Salem, New Hampshire as well as Andover and Haverhill, Massachusetts. Dowd is also affiliated with Lawrence General Hospital, the news station reports.

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Neither facility returned requests for comment from WCVB on Wednesday, the station reported.

Authorities received several 911 calls reporting a motor vehicle crash on Silver Brook Road around 2 p.m. that day, police said in a statement.

First responders at the scene found Dowd was driving a 2019 Acura RDX southbound when he left the road and crashed into a home, in addition to multiple bushes and trees, police said.

Dowd was trapped in the vehicle and had to be removed through the windshield, police said.

Both Dowd and Tutrone were brought to Lawrence General Hospital, from which Dowd was released hours later, according to authorities. Tutrone was brought by medical helicopter to a Boston hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery.

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The crash remains under investigation.

Footage from a Ring surveillance camera at Tutrone’s home showed the girl entered a front room of the house moments before Dowd’s car apparently pushed a mailbox through a front wall of the home, WCVB reports.

Joe Tutrone, the girl’s father, told the news station he saw wood and glass flying into the home.

“I thought my son broke the glass. I didn’t know what was happening,” he 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.”

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Scott Demers was fixing sprinklers a few houses down the street when he heard the crash, he told WBZ.

“The father came out of the house screaming that he just killed my little girl,” Demers recalled. “I saw the blood squirting out of her neck, so I knew she was still with us.”

He described the scene as being “like a war zone.”

“It was chaos, everywhere,” he said.

Demers has no professional medical experience, but he took off his shirt and used it to apply pressure to the girl’s neck, he said.

“When the doctor came over, he asked me, ‘Let me see the neck.’ I said, ‘No way. It’s squirting.’ He said, ‘Don’t move your hand at all,’” Demers said.

Joe Tutrone credits Demers and others who came to his family’s aid with saving his daughter.

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“Really, they were the ones that saved her life, because I was in a complete panic,” he told WBZ. “I didn’t know what to do.”

According to police, Dowd, a Salem resident, will be arraigned in Rockingham Superior Court at a later date.

Joe Tutrone said he initially thought Dowd suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel. But he was enraged when he learned of the allegations against Dowd.

“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,” he told WCVB. “I’ve never been so angry in my life. He better pay and not get off.”

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The Tutrones’ home remains structurally unsafe to live in, according to WCVB.

And Giuliana still has more recovery ahead of her. A GoFundMe campaign was launched to support the family financially and as of Thursday had far surpassed its $30,000 goal, with over $46,300 raised.

Giuliana was released from the hospital on Tuesday, WBZ reports.

“She was so brave, so brave through it all,” her father told WCVB. “I was so proud of her.”

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