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.

Editor’s note: Newsday is in the middle of a web site redesign. Some links may be broken. 

Fatal Crashes (11 Killed This Week, 74 Killed This Year*, 10 Drivers Charged**)

  • Manhattan: Hit-and-Run Driver Takes Life of Harlem Mother (News)
  • Queens: Driver With Suspended License Hits, Kills Motorcyclist (News)
  • Wantagh Parkway, LI: Motorcyclist Kills Teen on Bike Path; Multiple Charges Filed (1010 WINS)
  • East Shoreham, LI: Teen Cycling to Work Killed by Unlicensed Driver (Newsday, Gothamist)
  • Newark: One Dead in Airport Collision Between Bus and Hotel Shuttle (Post, Star-Ledger)
  • Newark: Officer Dies of Injuries Suffered in Off-Duty Motorcycle Crash (Star-Ledger)
  • Newark: Pedestrian Struck Dead Trying to Cross Highway (Star-Ledger)
  • Danbury, CT: Motorcyclist Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash (CT Post)
  • Jericho, LI: Motorcyclist Ejected From Bike, Run Over (Newsday)
  • Holbrook, LI: One Killed When Truck Rear-Ends Car on LIE (Newsday)
  • Peekskill, NY: Pedestrian Struck on July 8 Dies From Injuries (LoHud)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Manhattan: Public Endangered by Another NYPD Chase, This One With Shootout (News, NYT)
  • Manhattan: Livery Cab Collides With Van, Crashes Into Flower Shop (News)
  • Related: Pedestrian Narrowly Escapes With Her Life (Post)
  • Staten Island: Pedestrian Struck in Front of Borough Hall (SI Advance)
  • Staten Island: Woman Hit by City Bus at St. George Ferry Terminal (SI Advance)
  • Staten Island: Pickup Truck Crashes Into Utility Pole, Injuring Driver (SI Advance)
  • Plainview, LI: Ped in Parking Lot Hit by 88-Year-Old, Breaking Both Legs (Newsday)
  • Tappan Zee Bridge: Two Injured in Separate Police Cruiser Crashes (LoHud)
  • Harrison, NY: Newspaper Employee Hits Colleague in Parking Lot (LoHud)
  • Dix Hills, LI: Two Hospitalized Following Two-Car Collision (Newsday)
  • Freeport, LI: 18-Year-Old Arrested for Setting Fire to “Hated” BMW (Newsday)
  • Mahopac, NY: Cops Taser Man After DWI Arrest (LoHud)
  • Brewster, NY: Immigration Status Raised as Issue in Another DWI Case (LoHud)
  • Mount Vernon, NY: Teens Charged for Throwing Rocks at Parked Cars (LoHud)
  • Valley Cottage, NY: Five Hospitalized After Two-Car Collision (LoHud)
  • North Castle, NY: Man Drives Car Into Reservoir, Escapes With Injuries (LoHud)

Following Up

  • Brooklyn: Streetsbloggers Do Better Job Reporting the Death of Juan Sifuentes Than NY Media
  • Queens: LI Man Convicted for Running Over NYPD Officer in ’07 (Newsday)
  • Nassau Co.: Drunk Driver Who Maimed Cop Gets Seven Years (Newsday)
  • Nassau Co.: Woman Who Says She Drove Drunk to Escape Attacker Acquitted (Newsday)
  • Ossining, NY: Woman Questioned in Death of Man Hit Getting His Mail (LoHud)
  • Two Putnam County DWI Moms Scheduled for Court Appearances (LoHud)
  • July Marks 40 Years Since Kennedy-Kopechne Crash (Times-Leader)
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Out of Town

  • Mount Pleasant, WI: Wienermobile Crashes Into House (AP)
  • Besancon, France: 1 Killed, 2 Injured by Police Motorcycle on Tour de France Route (AP)
  • Kasota, MN: Altercation Between Driver and Deputy Leads to Shooting Death (AP)
  • Magna, UT: Gruesome Two-Car Crash Kills Six, Including Four Kids (AP)
  • Colorado Springs, CO: Woman Gets Probation for Horrific Gas Station Death (AP)
  • Leavenworth, WA: Actor James Caviezel Hurt When Man Throws Bicycle at Motorcycle (AP)
  • Miami Beach: “Burn Notice” Actor Jeffrey Donovan Arrested on Suspicion of DUI (AP)

Trends 

  • Dangerous NY Drivers Routinely Escape Punishment by Gaming the Courts (Streetsblog)
  • Authorities, Motorists Turn Blind Eye to Dangers of Distracted Driving (NYT, NYT, NYT)
  • Related: Study Finds Eating the Leading Cause of Crashes (News, Autopia)
  • Related: Infrastructurist Tallies the High Cost of DWD, Higher Speed Limits
  • Sensationalist Rail Crash Reports Scare Commuters Onto Carnage-Strewn Roads (Infrastructurist)
  • Detroit, MI: Planners Study Deer-Involved Crashes More Than Bike-Ped Deaths (M-Bike)
  • NYC Kids’ IQ Scores Affected by Prenatal Exposure to Auto Pollution (Post)
  • Related: Mayor Bloomberg’s Idling SUVs Aren’t Helping (AP, News)

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

  • Andy Trafford

    I can’t bear seeing “No comments” to all this death and destruction…

    Is it me, or is it getting worse? I see from the “Teen Cycling to Work Killed by Unlicensed Driver” story that blaming the victim is no longer enough – it’s now that pesky sun’s fault. The damn thing keeps appearing unexpectedly in the sky…

  • RE: “Teen Cycling to Work Killed by Unlicensed Driver”

    Anyone with information about the case can call the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752.

    “Hello, Seventh Squad? If I accidentally shot someone to death with a gun I was not licensed to carry, could I get off with a $500 fine if I claim the sun was in my eyes and I thought it was a deer that I shot?”

  • Frank

    So a human life is worth $500? I seriously consider leaving this third world country again and to return to a more civilized Europe.

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