The Weekly Carnage

The Weekly Carnage, a round-up of motor vehicle mayhem across the metro region, was a regular Friday morning Streetsblog feature from August 2006 through December 2007. In the ensuing year-and-a-half, many readers have requested that we bring it back. While sticking with the tried and true format pioneered by original author Aaron Donovan, we’ll be experimenting with some new additions to the column this time around, like a running count of the number of drivers charged in fatal crashes. Let us know what you think, and leave any ideas for further enhancements, in the comments. If you’re relatively new to Streetsblog, or are just wondering why we do this, please read About the Weekly Carnage.

Fatal Crashes (12 Killed This Week, 12 Killed This Year*, 4 Drivers Charged**)

  • Brooklyn: Unlicensed Teen Driver Kills Pedestrian at Bus Stop; Multiple Charges Filed (News)
  • Bronx: College Student Struck by Two Hit-and-Run Drivers (News, Post)
  • Copiague, LI: Teen Driver Runs Stop Sign, Hit and Killed by Drunk Driver (1010WINS)
  • White Plains: Pedestrian Killed by Driver Who “Did Not See” Her; No Charges Filed (LoHud)
  • Dix Hills, LI: Man Killed in One-Car Crash (Newsday)
  • New Haven, CT: Toddler Killed in Hit-and-Run (CT Post)
  • Brewster, NY: Drunk Driver Kills Mom and Daughter Walking From Dance Class (LoHud)
  • Bethpage, LI: Cyclist Dies After Being Hit by Dump Truck Driver; No Charges Filed (Newsday)
  • Greenburgh, NY: Pedestrian Killed; Police Fault Driver; No Charges Filed (LoHud)
  • Stratford, CT: Two Drivers Dead in Three Crashes; Police Deny “Trend” (CT Post)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

concoursecrash.jpgThe scene at Grand Concourse and Mabel Wayne Place Friday. Photo: futurebird/Flickr
  • Bronx: Morning Pile-Up on Grand Concourse Sidewalk; No Known Injuries (LiveJournal)
  • Manhattan: SUV Driver Alleged to Hit Central Park Cyclist on Purpose (News, Streetsblog)
  • Brooklyn: Pedicab Collides With Yellow Taxi (NYT, Post)
  • Staten Island: NYPD Cruiser in Crash With Access-A-Ride Bus (SI Advance)
  • Ansonia, CT: Elderly Woman Hit in Her Driveway (CT Post)
  • Greenburgh, NY: Unsafe Conditions Cited in Driver-Ped Collision (LoHud)
  • Melville, LI: Pedestrian Struck, Seriously Injured (Newsday)
  • Maplewood, NJ: Crash at Dangerous Intersection Prompts Community Discussion (The Local)
  • Mineola, LI: Driver Sought in Hit-and-Run That Seriously Injured Pedestrian (Newsday)
  • South Huntington, LI: Four Teens Hurt When Car Hits Tree (Newsday)
  • Staten Island: Two-Car Collision Blamed on Missing Stop Sign (SI Advance)
  • Nassau Co.: Intoxicated Man Steals Tow Truck, Crashes on LIE (Newsday)
  • Staten Island: Driver Crashes Into Tree (SI Advance)

Following Up

  • Manhattan: Iraq Vet Charged in Fatal DWI Crash on FDR (News)
  • Mineola, LI: Testimony Ends in Case of LIE Driver Who Left Officer Disabled (Newsday)
  • Bronx: Ex-NYC Cop Convicted of Fatally Shooting Drunk Driver (Newsday)
  • Hartford, CT: Not Guilty Plea in Hit-and-Run Where Victim Ignored by Passers-By (Newsday)
  • Little Valley, NY: Retired State Trooper Guilty in Fatal DWI Crash (Newsday)
  • White Plains: Man Convicted in “Parking Rage” Incident (LoHud)
  • Yonkers: Pedestrians Struck by Police File Lawsuits (LoHud)

Out of Town

  • Philadelphia: Mother, Three Kids Killed in Front of Home (Newsday)
  • Chicago: Driver Jumps Retaining Wall, Car Hit by CTA Train (Newsday)
  • Kufstein, Austria: Woman Who Missed Doomed Air France Flight Killed in Car Crash (News)
  • Norwich, NY: Man Convicted of Intentionally Running Down 12-Year-Old Girl (Post, Newsday)
  • Jacksonville Beach, FL: Cop Runs Over Woman Sunbathing on Beach (Newsday)
  • Port St. Lucie, FL: Woman Hits, Injures Cyclist, Apologizes, Drives Away (Chicago Trib)

Trends

  • Unrepentant tailgaters harangue columnist (Hard Drive)
  • NYC Cabbies Voted World’s Worst Taxi Drivers (Wheels)
  • Summer Is Motorcycle Crash Season (CT Post)

* Since the week of June 8
** Based on latest available reports

  • Larry Littlefield

    I realize this is a lot of work and I’m not footing the bill, but thanks for bringing this back.

  • In addition to criminal prosecutions and civil suits, it might be a good idea to track license suspensions and revocations as well. To me, what’s amazing is not that deadly drivers escape prosecution (with lack of intent as the excuse) but that they’re allowed to go on driving.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Reading one story, I came upon Newsday’s auto accident photo gallery.

    http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-liacci-pg,0,5210574.photogallery

    Flip through it and you practically get post traumatic stress disorder.

  • Ace

    Do police routinely pull the cell phone records of the drivers? I know it is difficult to establish the exact time of an incident, but in some cases this could establish that the driver was at the very least breaking the law and at most could establish the probable cause.

    The public as potential witnesses, let’s hope not victims should be encouraged to note the time of incidents. Traffic cameras also.

  • anonymous

    If only we had a grade-separated transit option that was more appealing to people than cars…

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Thank you for breathing life back into this feature.

  • Yes, thanks.

  • teresa

    Thanks for bringing this back. I’m sure it’s depressing to compile.

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