COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A fundraiser was held Monday night in support of the local teenager badly burned in a car crash.
Family and friends said Niko Dinovo, 16, was your average teenager who wanted the best for everyone. He is currently recovering at Westchester Medical Center.
Ninety-five percent of his body was severely burned after the car he was riding in crashed into the Blessings Tavern in Colonie on October 28.
“Why did this happen to Niko?” his cousin Dariana Resciniti asked. “Why was it him? Is there a reasoning behind this? Like, you know, you just don’t know those questions.”
“You know, I have my emotional days, but I’m always going to be strong for him,” Resciniti said. “I’m not going to be down. I’m going to be positive through this for him.”
In addition to putting generous donations into a bucket on Monday, people also sent messages of hope to Dinovo’s family.
“The text messages, the calls that our family’s got, it’s honestly touching,” his cousin Marcus Resciniti said. “There’s just so much support from everybody.”
Ten percent of the proceeds will go toward Dinovo’s family. Fundraising efforts will continue until he is back home.
“Well, he’s stable right now, but he’s still critical,” Marcus said. “He made it through his first surgery. They already planned his next surgery, which is going to be on Wednesday of this week, but he’s doing good. Niko is a fighter. He’s a strong kid.”
The driver, Michael Carr, has been charged with Vehicular Assault 2nd (Class E Felony), Reckless Endangerment 1st (Class D Felony) and Driving while Ability Impaired by Drugs (Class A Misdemeanor). He has been released from Albany County Jail under the supervision of probation.