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 (17 Killed This Week, 227 This Year*, 22 Drivers Charged**)

  • Staten Island: Man Crushed to Death By His Own SUV (News, Advance)
  • Manhattan: East Village Collision Leaves One Dead (Streetsblog)
  • Manhattan, Queens: 3 Motorcyclists Dead in Separate Crashes (AP)
  • Queens: Unidentified Pedestrian Killed in Corona (Gothamist)
  • Shirley, LI: Drunk Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian; Not Charged for Death (Newsday 1, 2)
  • Yaphank, LI: Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Ped; Tells Cops He Thought Man Was a Deer (Newsday)
  • Yaphank, LI: 1 Killed in Collision Involving Family of 911 Dispatcher (Newsday 1, 2)
  • Deer Park, LI: Elderly Man Dies After Crash Possibly Precipitated by Health Emergency (Newsday)
  • Ronkokoma, LI: Man Dies in Collision With Tractor-Trailer (Newsday)
  • Danbury, CT: Teen Killed, 3 Injured in One-Vehicle Crash (CT Post)
  • Bethany, CT: 3 Killed When Car Hits Tree (CT Post)
  • New Brunswick, NJ: 15-Year-Old Pedestrian Struck; No Charges (S-L)
  • Millburn, NJ: 19-Year-Old Dead in Single-Car Crash (S-L, The Local 1, 2)
  • Branchburg, NJ: Man Slits Own Throat, Flips Car After Police Stop (Somerset Rep)***

sgp_dirtbikes1.jpgPhoto: The Uptowner

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Manhattan: NYPD Van Strikes Pedestrian; Post Blames Anarchic “Pedestrian Culture”
  • Manhattan: TEA Altercation Ends in Driver Arrest, Accusation of Agent Assault (Gothamist)
  • Manhattan: Dirt Bike Riders Tear Through Harlem; Cops at a Loss (Uptowner)
  • Bronx: NYPD Officer Accused of Hitting Pregnant Woman’s Car, Leaving Scene (Gothamist)
  • Staten Island: Officer Injured When Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes NYPD Cruiser (Advance)
  • Eastchester: Woman Hits 15-Year-Old Girl, Leaves Her in Street (LoHud)
  • Southhold, NY: Man Picking Up His DWI Girlfriend at Police Station Arrested for DWI (LoHud)
  • Southampton, LI: Passenger Arrested for Traffic Stop Tirade (Newsday)
  • Melville, LI: Multiple-Car Crash Paralyzes LIE (Newsday)
  • Greenwich, CT: Man Hits Pedestrian, Charged With DWI (CT Post)
  • Rahway, NJ: Child Hit, Hospitalized With Head Injuries (NJLN)
  • Cranford, NJ: Unlicensed Driver Nailed for Warrants During Crosswalk Sting (Chron)
  • Paterson, NJ: Fire Truck, Car Collision Injures 2 (S-L)

Following Up

  • Manhattan: NYPD Sgt. Indicted for Critically Injuring UES Pedestrian in June (NYT, Post)
  • Manhattan: Accused DWI Mom Carmen Huertas Indicted for Fatal Crash (AP, Post)
  • Brooklyn: Al Sharpton Keeping an Eye on Andrew Kelly Case (Gothamist)
  • Staten Island: Driver Killed in Backhoe Collision Identified (Advance)
  • Daily News: People Who Block Parking Spots Deserve to Die (Streetsblog)
  • Hiram Monserrate: I’m No Worse Than John Sabini (News)
  • “Law & Order” to Dramatize Taconic Wrong-Way Crash; Families Object (Post, Post)
  • Nassau Co.: Guardrail Will Be Installed After Fatal Wantagh Bike Path Crash (Newsday)
  • Bayonne, NJ: School Bus Driver Ticketed for Critically Injuring Pedestrian (Jersey Jrnl)
  • Summit, NJ: Driver Found at Fault for Ped Death; No Criminal Charges (Indy Press)
  • Elizabeth, NJ: Man Pleads Guilty in Crash That Injured Officer; Could Get 30 Years (S-L)
500x_Flipped_SUV.jpgPhoto: Jalopnik

Out of Town

  • Milo, NY: Worker Killed When Truck Driver Crashes Into Boathouse (AP)
  • Flagstaff, AZ: Hit-and-Run Road Rager Intentionally Runs Down Pedestrian (Daily Sun)
  • Skippack, PA: Pedestrian Hit, Hospitalized, Ticketed for Jaywalking (Reporter)
  • Baltimore, MD: Man Hit and Killed; Police Cite “Pedestrian Error” (Sun)
  • Portland, OR: Driver Said to Be Chasing Skater Flips SUV in Park (Jalopnik)
  • Caldwell, ID: Woman Crushed to Death By Garage Door at Paramedics Station (AP)
  • Santa Ana, CA: 75-Year-Old Gets 9 Months for Killing 89-Year-Old Ped in Grisly Parking Lot Crash (AP)
  • Los Angeles: Trial of “Dr. Road Rage” Underway (Streetsblog LA)
  • Los Angeles: “Sarah Connor Chronicles” Actor Thomas Dekker Hits Cyclist, Charged With DUI (S-L)
  • Cleveland: Browns CB Eric Wright Uninjured After Flipping Car (AP)

Trends and Other News

  • TA, TSTC to Host Vehicular Homicide Symposium, Featuring Cy Vance (Streetsblog 1, 2)
  • Daily News: Distracted Cab Drivers Are Only a Problem for Their Passengers (Streetsblog)
  • Brooklyn CB 10 Wants DOT Study of Crash-Plagued Bay Ridge Intersection (Post)
  • Will No-Nonsense Nassau DA Kathleen Rice Run for Attorney General? (Daily Politics)
  • Jon Stewart Rips CNN for Driver-Distracting Cellphone App (Zimbio)
  • Cellphone Users Too Dazed to Notice Clown Riding Unicycle (Well)
  • Hummer Drivers Get Five Times as Many Tickets as Nat’l Average (Consumer Reports)
  • Ford Recalls 4.5M Vehicles Due to Fire Risk; Crown Vics Not on the List (Consumerist)
  • Westfield, NJ, Mayoral Candidates Campaign on Safer Streets (S-L)
  • Boston Globe Continues Anti-“Jaywalking” Media Blitz
  • San Francisco Embarks on New Ped Safety Initiative (Streetsblog SF)
  • Deaf and Blind Pedestrians Get Attention From Minnesota Transpo Officials (Star Trib)
  • In Columbia, MO, It Will Soon Be Illegal to Throw Things at People in Wheelchairs (KBIA)
  • Instead of Criminalizing Walking, Cities Should Make It Safer (Car-Free in Big D)

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

*** This incident is not reflected in the “Fatal Crashes” tally

  • Rice has a great record on DWI, but do we have anything on her record as DA to suggest that she would bring about a significant improvement in traffic justice for people who were killed by non-drunk drivers?

  • Ian Turner

    It looks like the crash in Shirley did result in charges of “driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an incident”. What did you mean by “Not Charged for Death”?

  • Ian: As of the latest reports I saw, the driver was not charged for causing a death (i.e. manslaughter, vehicular homicide), as is often the case when a driver, much less a drunk driver, leaves a fatal scene. Of course more charges could be forthcoming.

    Cap’n: Good question. I would consider having Maureen McCormick on her staff, who is active in lobbying for tougher laws on killer drivers across the board, as a sign that Rice is serious about more than DWIs. I may have encountered more evidence, but nothing comes to mind right now.

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