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 (12 Killed This Week, 105 This Year*, 11 Drivers Charged**)

  • Manhattan, Queens: Two Pedestrians Killed in Hit-and-Run “Accidents” (NYT, News)
  • Queens: Hospital Patient Hit by Two Drivers on Grand Central Pkwy; Neither Stops (News)
  • Nassau Co.: Three Dead, One Seriously Hurt in One-Car Wantagh Parkway Crash (Gothamist)
  • Farmingdale, LI: Truck Rear-Ends Van, Pushing It Into Pedestrian (Newsday)
  • Fairfield, CT: Passenger Dies When Motorcycle Hits Tree (CT Post)
  • West Orange, NJ: Two Teens Die When Corvette Collides With Hummer (Star-Ledger, The Local)
  • Montgomery Twp, NJ: Drunk Driver, 20, Hits Pole; Passenger, 19, Is Killed (Star-Ledger 1, 2)
  • Clifton, NJ: Man Crashes Motorcycle on Garden State Parkway Ramp (Star-Ledger)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Queens: Livery Driver Tears Through Street Festival; 12-13 Hurt; No Charges Filed (News, Post)
  • Brooklyn: Child Nearly “Ripped in Half” by Livery Driver Who Crashed Into Shop; 4 Hurt Total (News)
  • Brooklyn: On-Call NYPD Cruiser in Bed-Stuy Hit at Intersection; Four Hospitalized (Gothamist)
  • Brooklyn: On-Call FDNY Truck in Bed-Stuy Slams Into Car; “Minor” Injuries Reported (News)
  • Staten Island: Two Hospitalized When Car Flips in South Beach (SI Advance)
  • Staten Island: Woman Nabbed After Hitting Parked Cars Has .292 Blood Alcohol Level (SI Advance)
  • Alpine, NJ: Cyclist Critical After Crash at 9W and Palisades Parkway (LoHud)
  • Danbury, CT: 11-Year-Old Boy Hit by Van, Hospitalized (CT Post)
  • Stratford, CT: 10-Year-Old Boy Hit, in Serious Condition (CT Post)
  • Fairfield, CT: Driver, 19, Who Fell Out of Jeep Charged With DUI (CT Post)
  • Dobbs Ferry, NY: Pedestrian Struck at Intersection Known for Crashes (LoHud)
  • Pelham, NY: 14-Year-Olds Caught Driving in Separate Incidents, One Following Crash (LoHud)
  • New Castle, NY: Two in One Car Arrested for DWI (LoHud)
  • Mount Olive, NJ: Cyclist Hit, Injured by SUV Driver (NJ.com)
  • Scotch Plains, NJ: Driver Crashes Into Kids’ Section of Library; No Injuries (NJ.com)
  • White Twp, NJ: Firefighter Directing Traffic Hit by Drunk Driver (Star-Ledger)
  • Ewing, NJ: Man Who Flipped Car Says He Was Shot At (Times)
  • Dix Hills, LI: Two Hospitalized in Two-Car Collision (Newsday)

Following Up

  • Staten Island: Man Who Caused SIE Pile-Up Was High, Had 2 Prior DWI Convictions (SI Advance)
  • Diane Schuler, Mother in Westchester Crash That Killed Eight, Was Drunk, Had Smoked Pot (NYT)
  • Related: Husband Insists on Alternate Explanation, Stops Talking to Police (News, Newsday 1, 2)
  • Newark: Target of Police Shootout Wanted in Fatal Hit-and-Run (Star-Ledger)
  • Rahway, NJ: DWI Driver Convicted in Cyclist Killing to Get New Trial (AP)
  • Islandia, LI: Off-Duty Officer Killed in June LIE Crash Was Drunk (Newsday)
  • Morristown, NJ: Mother of Motorcyclist Killed During Pursuit Suing Police (Star-Ledger)
  • Hartford, CT: Mistrial in Civil Suit Against Bus Driver Who Killed Pedestrian (CT Post)

Out of Town

  • Asheville, NC: Attempted Murder Charge Dropped for Driver Who Shot Cyclist (Streetsblog)
  • Detroit, MI: Shock Jock Morons Encourage More Motorist-on-Cyclist Violence (Streetsblog)
  • In Gulfport, MS, Even the Bike Club Blames Cyclists for Driver Negligence (AP)
  • Gilmer, TX: Three Injured When SUV Plows Into Crowded Church (AP)
  • Indianapolis, IN: Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested for Killing Infant in Stroller (AP)
  • Cleveland, OH: Bus Driver Who Killed Ped Was on Phone; Charged With Homicide (AP)
  • San Francisco: Arrest in July Hit-and-Run That Injured Cyclist and Four-Year-Old Son (Streetsblog SF)
  • Sumter, SC: Mom Lets Daughter, 14, Drive Car Full of Kids; One Dead (AP)
  • Mabel, MN: Man Backs Over, Kills 2-Year-Old Grandson With Pick-Up (AP)
  • Dedham, MA: 88-Year-Old Kills 4-Year-Old Ped, Gets Probation; Killed Husband in ’92 Crash (AP)
  • Sheboygan, WI: Passenger Seat Driver Crashes Into Store, Kills Clerk, Pleads Not Guilty (AP)
  • Oxford, MS: Lawsuit Proceeds Against Morgan Freeman for 2008 Crash (AP)
  • Cleveland, OH: Donte’ Stallworth Apologizes to NFL for Ped Death (AP)

Trends

  • Manhattan DA Candidate Richard Aborn Promises to Take Traffic Crime Seriously (Streetsblog)
  • Cab Drivers, NYPD Ignore Cell Phone Ban (NYT)
  • On NYC’s Lawless Streets, Ray Kelly’s “1.2 Million Summonses” Merely a Blip (Streetsblog)
  • Suffolk Cops to Alert Parents When Kids Are Pulled Over (Newsday)
  • Stamford, CT: Columnist Goes Off on Dangerous Downtown Drivers (CT Post)
  • Derby, CT: Limits on Roadside Memorials Considered (CT Post)
  • Amidst Ped Death Spike, Overall NJ Road Deaths Down as Seatbelt Usage Climbs (NJ.com)
  • U.S. Transpo Department Announces Distracted Driving Forum (NYT)
  • Massachusetts Looks to Reduce Drowsy Driving (Boston Globe)
  • Distracted, Drowsy — How About Blind? (Wheels)

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

  • Ian Turner

    How can an incident where 13 people are injured and another is killed, and where the perpetrator flees the scene possibly be described as an accident?

  • Ian Turner

    Also, a policy of alerting parents even when pulled over for a warning is an excellent one. More generally, the owner of the car should always be notified when a moving violation or warning is issued.

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