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 (9 Killed This Week, 164 This Year*, 15 Drivers Charged**)

  • Brooklyn: Boy, 9, Hit En Route to Temple; Unlicensed Driver Not Charged (News, Post)
  • Related: Victim Joshua Ganzfried’s Younger Brother Drowned in ’04 (News)
  • Brooklyn: 66-Year-Old, Out for Ice Cream With His Dog, Killed; No Charges Filed (News, Post, Post)
  • Manhattan: Woman Killed by Turning Bus on Eighth Ave.; No Charges Filed (News)
  • Yonkers: Three-Car Crash Kills 1, Injures 5 (LoHud, CT Post)
  • East Farmingdale, LI: Pedestrian Struck Leaving Night Club (Newsday)
  • East Meadow, LI: Unidentified Pedestrian Killed in Apparent Hit-and-Run (Newsday)
  • Greenwich, CT: Unexplained One-Car Crash Leaves Driver Dead (CT Post 1, 2)
  • Naugatuck, CT: Motorcyclist Thrown From Bike; Police Investigating Cause (AP, CT Post)
  • Edison, NJ: Motorcyclist Killed in Collision With Limousine (Star-Ledger 1, 2)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Queens: Teen Hit by City Bus in Critical Condition (NY1)
  • Staten Island: 10 Arrested for Drunk Driving Last Weekend (Advance)
  • Staten Island: SIE Crash Leaves at Least One Motorist Injured (Advance)
  • Staten Island: Four-Car Crash Sends One to Hospital (Advance)
  • Staten Island: Motorcyclist Injured on SIE (Advance)
  • Yonkers: Drag-Racing Teen Slams Into Police Cruiser, Injuring Trooper (LoHud)
  • Hoboken: Underage Drunk Driver Hits Parked Car Outside Police HQ (Jersey Jrnl)
  • Newark: Police Van Rear-Ends Truck; Prisoners, Officer Hurt (Jersey Jrnl)
  • New Rochelle: 12-Year-Old Hit by Driver Treated and Released (LoHud)
  • North Castle, NY: Driver Critical After Wrong-Way Crash (LoHud)
  • Rockland Co., NY: Bronx Principal Caught Driving Drunk on Way to Work (1010 WINS, News)
  • Brentwood, LI: Woman Hit by 2 Drivers; One Stops, One Doesn’t (Newsday)
  • East Rockaway, LI: LIRR Service Disrupted When Driver Flips SUV on Tracks (Newsday)
  • East Hampton, LI: Actress Mercedes Ruehl Ticketed for Collision With Motorcyclist (Post)
  • Mt. Pleasant, NY: Another Drunk Wrong-Way Driver Nabbed on Taconic (LoHud, Post)
  • Nanuet, NY: Driver Crashes Into Restaurant, Pleads Brake Failure; No Charges (LoHud)
  • Stamford, CT: Medical Condition Suspected in One-Car Crash; Driver in Serious Condition (CT Post)

Following Up

  • Manhattan: Truck Driver on Trial for Murder in Death of British Tourists (News, Post)
  • Bronx: Livery Driver Testifies Against Man Accused of Causing Fatal Ped Crash (News)
  • Ossining, NY: Woman Arrested for July Hit-and-Run Death of Man in Driveway (LoHud)
  • Carmel, NY: Driver Arrested for Running Man Down After Argument (LoHud)
  • New Brunswick, NJ: Man Gets 8 Years for DWI Killing of Police Officer (1010 WINS)
  • Somerville, NJ: Man Pleads Guilty in DWI Death of Fiance (Star-Ledger)

Out of Town

  • Cleveland, OH: Cycling Yale Grad Killed in Hit-and-Run (New Haven Safe Streets)
  • Amherst, MA: 1 Cyclist Hurt, 1 Killed in Hit-and-Run (AP)
  • Raleigh, NC: Wedding Becomes Memorial Service When Groom-to-Be Dies in Two-Car Crash (AP)
  • Atlantic Beach, SC: Mayor, Repeat Traffic Offender, Arrested for DWI (AP)
  • Atlanta, GA: School Bus Driver Charged With Homicide in Student’s Death (AJC)
  • Fairbanks, AK: Woman Indicted for Manslaughter in “Car Surfing” Fatality (AP)
  • Dunmore, PA: Driver Plows Into Crowd Gathered for Charity Event, Pleads Brake Failure (AP)
  • Claysville, PA: Head-On Collision Precipitated by Post-Proposal Kiss (AP)
  • Scranton, PA: Police Fail to Locate Fatal Crash Site for Days Despite Numerous 911 Calls (AP)
  • West Friendship, MD: Man Killed on Road He Decried as Unsafe (AP)
  • Jeromesville, OH: Man Crashes Into House, Struck and Killed Walking Away From Scene (AP)

Trends

  • Future Manhattan DA Cy Vance: I Will Crack Down on Traffic Crime (Streetsblog)
  • Burden of Safety Has Long Fallen on Most Vulnerable Road Users (Streetsblog)
  • Westchester Bill Would Allow Seizure of DWI, Drag Racing Vehicles (News)
  • Another Cost of Drunk Driving: Nassau Cops Racking Up Overtime (Newsday)
  • Oregon DOT: More Drivers Distracted, Failing to Yield to Cyclists (Hard Drive)
  • NYT: It’s Time for a Federal TWD Law
  • Which Should Concern Parents More: 115 Abductions or 250,000 Traffic Injuries? (NYT)

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

  • These reports are incredibly helpful.

  • JSD

    What does it take for a driver to be charged? Exactly how many children need to be killed? How suspended does a license need to be? When does an accident, a word that is tragically overused, become criminal?

    It’s sad that something like the death of a child at the hands of a driver that never should have been on the road, is simply labeled an accident and forgotten about.

    Rinse, repeat.

  • One would think that killing someone while driving the car that one is not licensed to be driving would be grounds for some sort of charge. It’s like everyone who gets behind the wheel is James Bond — licensed (or not) to kill.

  • Past performance indicates that to be arraigned on manslaughter by car in New York, you need to either be drunk, flee the scene, or assault an officer at the scene.

    Implication: Given a premeditated “accident” where you “lose control” of your car at or below the speed limit, while sober, and remain at the scene…

    you’d escape scot free.

    I don’t happen to personally know anyone who is only alive because it’s illegal to kill them, but there may well be a loophole here in the anti-murder laws. It’s possible someone’s already taken advantage of them.

    Do we know of any traffic crimes where the deceased has been known to the driver?

  • Jonathan

    Kaja, check out last week‘s squib: Concord, VT: Three Drivers From Same Family in Four-Car Crash (AP)

  • Laura Bush killed a friend when she was in high school. No charges were filed!

  • These reports are incredibly helpful.

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