Mother: Brother-in-law saved 3-year-old's life when they were struck by alleged drunk driver

The girl suffered cuts to her face and legs, while the man suffered facial fractures.

News 12 Staff

Jun 1, 2021, 10:09 AM

Updated 1,046 days ago


An alleged drunk driving crash left a 3-year-old and a man injured on Memorial Day in Syosset.
The crash happened on Ann Drive just after 4:30 p.m. Monday when a car went up on the sidewalk near Betty Street, hitting the young girl and a 33-year-old man, police say.
They say he also slammed into a parked vehicle.
Police say Varun Datt, 36, was drunk behind the wheel when he plowed into them and the parked car. According to court records, Datt had empty bottles of alcohol in the sweatshirt he was wearing as well as in the passenger and back seats of his vehicle.
Marie Marsilio, the 3-year-old's mother, says the car "came out of nowhere." She says her brother-in-law pulled her daughter out of the way, taking most of the impact himself.
"He literally saved her life," says Marsilio. "I saw Mia under the car and oh my God, it was the worst moment of my life."
Marsilio says her daughter is now home and is doing OK despite some scratches and bruises.
"She's a trooper my daughter," says Marsilio. "She woke up this morning and the first thing she said to me is, 'When the car ran me over Uncle Matt saved me.'"
She says her brother-in-law, who is the child's godfather, is still in the hospital with extensive facial injuries but is also expected to be fine.
Police say Datt lives on the block where the incident happened.
Datt, who has a previous DWI conviction, is charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, third-degree assault and DWI. Datt's license was suspended following his arraignment on the new DWI charge.
Datt is due back in court June 9.

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