The Weekly Carnage

The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle mayhem across the metro region. For more on the origins and purpose of this column, please read About the Weekly Carnage.

Fatal Crashes (11 Killed This Week, 63 Killed This Year*, 9 Drivers Charged**)

  • Bronx: Road-Raging Sociopath Kills Dad, Injures 12 Others (NY1, News, Post, NYT)
  • Related: Mark St. Pierre Rampage Leaves Trail of Destruction and Loss (NYT, News)
  • Related: Prosecutors Charge St. Pierre With Manslaughter, Criminally Negligent Homicide (News)
  • Related: Victim Miguel Colon Was Recovering From Injuries Suffered in April Crash (News)
  • Brooklyn: 67-Year-Old Pedestrian Dead Following Hit-and-Run (AP)
  • Bronx: Livery Cab and SUV Collide, Killing Two (News, WCBS, WABC)
  • Bronx: Motorcyclist Killed on Bruckner Expressway (News)
  • Gilgo Beach, LI: Teen Killed, Three Friends Injured in One-Car Crash (Newsday)
  • Ossining, NY: Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Man Picking Up His Mail (Lohud)
  • Mahopoc, NY: Driver Falls Asleep, Kills 21-Year-Old Pedestrian (LoHud)
  • Lawrence, NJ: Woman in Wheelchair Hit and Killed; Cops Blame Victim (NJ.com)
  • Long Branch, NJ: Toddler Run Down by SUV in Driveway (Star-Ledger)
  • West Haven, CT: Motorcyclist Dies in One-Vehicle Crash (CT Post)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Brooklyn: Cop Loses Part of Leg to Curb-Jumping Driver; No Charges (News, 1010 WINS)
  • Related: Post Deems It a “Freak Mishap”
  • Staten Island: Two NYPD Officers Injured in Two-Car Collision (SI Advance)
  • Staten Island: Two-Mercedes Collision at Dolphin Fountain (SI Advance)
  • Staten Island: Tractor-Trailer Hits Five Cars, Barely Misses House (SI Advance)
  • Hempstead, LI: Doped Up Cabbie Passes Out, Hits Mom and Son, Severs Her Leg (Newsday)
  • Huntington, LI: Two Injured in Three-Vehicle Wreck (Newsday)
  • Holtsville, LI: Ten Injured on LIE When Minivans Collide (Newsday)
  • Medford, LI: Man Ejected From Truck in Collision (Newsday)
  • Half Hollow Hills, LI: Two Motorcycle Crashes in Two Hours on Same Stretch of LIE (Newsday)
  • Bridgehampton, LI: Man Critical After Sleeping Driver Hits His Car Head-On (Newsday)
  • Southampton, LI: Woman Assaults Officer After DWI Arrest (Newsday)
  • Southampton, LI: Man Stopped for Driving on Beach Hits Constable With Car (Newsday)
  • Freeport, LI: Man Hates His Car So Much He Sets It on Fire, Right Next to Apartments (Newsday)
  • Bridgeport, CT: SUV Driver Sails Though Intersection, Hits House, Runs Away (CT Post)
  • Milford, CT: Van for Disabled Stuck in Garage Entrance; Rescuers Cut Off Roof (CT Post)
  • Kearny, NJ: Woman Critical After Stray Truck Part Shatters Windshield (Jersey Journal)
  • Carmel, NY: 13-Year-Old Alerts Police to Her Drunk-Driving Mother (Gothamist)
  • Related: Mom Susan Rogge Previously Charged for Hitting Son With Car (LoHud)
  • Nyack: Man Critical After Plowing Into Auto Body Shop (LoHud)

Following Up

  • Manhattan: District Attorney’s Office Keeps Assaulted Cyclist in Legal Limbo (Streetsblog)
  • Manhattan: Morgenthau’s Would-Be Successors Pledge to Take Traffic Justice Seriously (Streetsblog)
  • Newark: Man Charged in One-Car Crash That Killed Pregnant Woman (Star-Ledger)
  • Danbury, CT: Family Mourns Toddler Killed in Driveway; Investigation Continues (CT Post)
  • Bridgeport, CT: Driver Charged in August ’08 Fatal Cyclist Hit-and-Run (CT Post)
  • Northport, LI: Woman on Trial Says She Was Forced to Drive Drunk (Newsday)

Out of Town

  • Apex, NC: Noted Cycling Advocate Bruce Rosar Killed While Riding (DC Examiner)
  • Clay, NY: Three Killed After Driver Enters Highway in Wrong Direction (Newsday)
  • Manhattan, KS: 15 Injured When Tractor-Trailer Hits Bus (AP)
  • Meridian, MS: Church Bus Flips; One Dead, 23 Injured (AP)
  • Canton Twp, MI: Teen Driver in Fatal Car-Train Crash Had Suspended License (AP)
  • Toms River, NJ: Comedian Artie Lange Charged in DWI Collision (Star-Ledger)
  • Berlin, Germany: One Dead, One Injured in VW Test Track Crash (AP)
  • Manchester, England: Boxer Amir Khan Cleared in Collision With Cyclist (AP)
  • Los Angeles: Actor LeVar Burton Escapes Serious Injury in Five-Car Crash (AP)
  • Miami, FL: DUI Ped Killer Donte’ Stallworth Released From Jail; Victim Still Dead (News)
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Trends

  • Transportation Alternatives Finds NYPD Lax on Traffic Crime (Streetsblog)
  • Albany’s Passes a Safe Driving Bill With Weak Texting-While-Driving Provision (Post)
  • Tour de Queens Calls Attention to Still-Deadly Queens Boulevard (News)
  • Nassau County Drops Appeal in DWI “Wall of Shame” Case (Newsday)
  • Poughkeepsie: Dutchess County Passes Texting-While-Driving Ban (Newsday)
  • Despite TWD Law, New Jersey Drivers Doing It More Often (AP)
  • Study: October Deadliest Month for Driving; March Safest (AP)
  • NHTSA: Drunk Driving Is Down, But Over 1 in 10 Weekend Drivers Are High (AP)
  • Increase in 100+ MPH Drivers Leads Overwhelmed Cops to Ignore “Routine Speeders” (LoHud)
  • Horrific Video Illustrates Flaws in Typical Intersection Design (How We Drive)
  • Roadside Memorials: Cultural Rite or Hazardous Invasion of Public Space? (Room for Debate)

* Since the week of June 8
** Drivers charged for deaths since the week of June 8, based on latest available reports

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