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 (15 Killed This Week, 179 This Year*, 18 Drivers Charged**)

  • Brooklyn: Two Dead in Motorcyclist, Cyclist Collision (The Local 1, 2)
  • BQE: Off-Duty NYPD Detective Killed After Rear-Ending Garbage Truck (News)
  • Bronx: 20-Year-Old Crushed Changing His Oil (AP)
  • Staten Island: 1 Killed in Suspected DWI Crash; Driver Charged With Homicide (News, Advance 1, 2, 3)
  • East Meadow, LI: Man Charged With Manslaughter Following Fatal DWI Collision (Newsday)
  • Holmes, NY: Speeding Teen Dies in One-Car Crash (LoHud 1, 2)
  • Derby, Shelton, CT: 2 Dead in Separate Motorcycle Crashes (CT Post)
  • New Canaan, CT: Motorcyclist Succumbs to Injuries One Week After Crash (CT Post)
  • East Brunswick, NJ: Elderly Driver Collides With Garbage Truck; 3 Dead (NJLN)
  • Toms River, NJ: 1 Killed in Two-Car Crash; Unlicensed Driver Charged (Star-Ledger)
  • Tinton Falls, NJ: Motorcyclist Hits Cement Divider (Star-Ledger)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Manhattan: 6-Year-Old Hit by SUV Driver, Hospitalized; No Charges (Post)
  • Manhattan: Cab Driver Plows Into Horse Carriage; Two Injured (Streetsblog)
  • Queens: Woman Hit by Q65 Bus (News)
  • Queens: School Bus Driver Accused of Drunk Driving (AP)
  • Staten Island: Man Charged With DWI, Leaving Scene After Hitting Parked Car (Advance)
  • Staten Island: Driver With Two Flat Tires Arrested for DWI (Advance)
  • Yonkers: Man Hits 12 Parked Cars, Charged With DWI (LoHud)
  • Cortlandt, NY: Woman Found Drunk After Leaving Scene of One-Car Taconic Crash (LoHud)
  • Kent, NY: Ambulance Crashes Into Trees; Driver, Patient Injured (LoHud)
  • Medford, LI: 11-Year-Old Critically Injured Cycling Home to Feed Cat; No Charges (Newsday 1, 2)
  • West Babylon, LI: Police Cruiser Collision Sends Car Into House (Newsday)
  • Valley Stream, LI: Shoplifting Suspects Drive SUV Into Guards, Injuring 2 (Newsday)
  • North Hills, LI: Crash Involving Dump Truck, Four Cars Closes Eastbound LIE (Newsday)
  • Hempstead, LI: Atlanta Olympics Champ Charged With DWI (AP)
  • Southbury, CT: 5-Year-Old Critical After School Bus-Car Collision (CT Post)
  • Milford, CT: 73-Year-Old Pedestrian Struck, Injured by 17-Year-Old Driver (CT Post)

Following Up

  • Manhattan: Truck Driver Convicted of Murder in 2008 Tourist Deaths (Streetsblog)
  • Rockland Co.: Bronx Asst. Principal With DWI Charge Says She Was Just Drowsy (AP)
  • East Meadow, LI: Police ID Escalade Model in Fatal Hit-and-Run (Newsday)
  • Dix Hills, LI: State Considering Wantagh Bike Path Improvements After Summer Fatality (Newsday)
  • Stamford, CT: Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal DWI Ped Collision (CT Post)
  • Stamford, CT: Man Charged With Felony Assault in June Crash (CT Post)
  • Summit, NJ: Teen Gets 10 Years for Killing Girlfriend in High-Speed Wreck (NJ.com)

Out of Town

  • Buffalo: Pedestrian Pinned Against Parked Minivan, Loses Leg (AP)
  • Camden, NJ: Former Boxer Tony Thornton Dies After Motorcycle Crash (Philly Inq.)
  • Atlanta, GA: Motorists Swept Away, Killed by Floodwaters (NYT)
  • Atlantic Beach, SC: State Rep Calls for Mayor’s Ouster After DWI Arrest (AP)
  • Sunnyside, WA: Bollards Save Girl From Out-of-Control Driver (Post Video)
  • Littleville, AL: Severely Injured Teen Trapped Overnight After Crash (AP)
  • Waukegan, IL: Woman Indicted for Causing Fatal Crash While Painting Her Nails (AP)
  • Wilsonville, OR: Nine Injured in Crash Involving Two Dozen Motorcyclists (AP)
  • Milan, Italy: British Team Cyclist in Coma After Scooter Crash (Reuters)

Trends

  • KY Blogger Marvels at Even-Handed Coverage of CO Cyclist Crashes (Barry’s BB)
  • Obama Admin Expected to Act on Truck, Bus Driver Cell Phone Ban (AP)
  • Do Tweeting State DOTs Encourage Distracted Driving? (AP)
  • White House Puts Trucking Lobbyist in Charge of Truck Safety (Streetsblog Cap Hill)
  • NYT Op-Ed: Despite Progress, Drunk Driving Remains a Prevalent “Cultural Misdemeanor”
  • Might Car Safety Features Soon Protect Those Outside the Vehicle? (NY Examiner)

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

  • rex

    “Bronx Asst. Principal With DWI Charge Says She Was Just Drowsy”

    I get drowsy if I drink too much too. For pity’s sake, and assistant principal should know that dogs don’t eat homework.

  • Thank goodness the NY Times started neighborhood blogging so they could translate the story of a man turning left on his bicycle who was struck by a motorcycle speeding through a yellow or red light into, “A bicyclist who was traveling in the wrong lane and a motorcycle rider were both killed when they slammed into each other…”

  • Hit someone over the head with a chrome fender and kill them?

    Life.

    Take the precaution of attaching the chrome fender to a car,

    Hit someone over the head with it, and kill them?

    Six months suspended. Licence briefly withheld.

    – Autogeddon

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