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.

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Fatal Crashes (21 Killed Since 11/20, 289 This Year*, 26 Drivers Charged**)

  • SI: Unlicensed Hit-and-Run Driver With History of Suspensions Kills Elderly Couple (NYT, News, Post)
  • Bronx: Unlicensed Hit-and-Run Driver Runs Down Woman in Front of Fiance (News, Post, NY1, WABC)
  • Related: Illegal Drivers Killing With Impunity; Whither Bloomberg and Kelly? (Streetsblog 1, 2)
  • Brooklyn: Woman Hit by Turning Bus Driver in Bergen Beach; No Charges (Post, NY1)
  • Brooklyn: Two-Car Collision Ends With Pedestrian, 87, Pinned to Light Pole (News, Post)
  • Manhattan: Driver Killed in Late-Night Henry Hudson Parkway Crash (Post [7th Item])
  • SI: Man Run Over by Dump Truck-Driving Co-Worker at Road Construction Site (Advance 1, 2)
  • Smithtown, LI: Girl, 11, Killed in Front of Her Mother in Hit-and-Run (WCBS, AP)
  • Hauppauge, LI: 1 Killed, 4 Injured in DWI Rollover Crash (Newsday1, 2)
  • Huntington, LI: One 19-Year-Old Killed, 1 Injured When Driver Slams Into Parked Truck (AP)
  • Central Islip, LI: 2 Charged With DWI After Collision Kills Passenger (Newsday 1, 2)
  • Franklin Square, LI: Motorcyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash (AP)
  • Ridgefield, CT: Teen Killed When Car Strikes Tree (CT Post)
  • Shelton, CT: 2 Teens Killed in When Car Strikes Tree (CT Post)
  • Oxford, CT: Driver Dies in Head-On Collision (CT Post)
  • Newark: Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian (S-L)
  • Perth Amboy, NJ: Driver Charged With Homicide After Jumping Curb, Striking Pedestrian (S-L)
  • Toms River, NJ: Man Killed Walking on Ped-Heavy Street Known for Hazards (S-L 1,2; WBJ)
  • Toms River, NJ: 1 Killed in Rear-End Collision (S-L)
  • Linden, NJ: Man Falls From Horse Trailer on Jersey Turnpike (S-L)
  • Lebanon, NJ: Motorcyclist Rear-Ends One Car, Hit by Another (S-L 1, 2)

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Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Queens: Another Off-Duty Cop Arrested for DWI (AP)
  • Queens: Several Hurt in Middle Village School Bus Crash; CM Crowley Blames Unsafe Street (News)
  • Brooklyn: 2 Seriously Injured in Possible Williamsburg Police Chase (NY1, Post)
  • Brooklyn: SUV on Sidewalk After Greenpoint Collision (New York Shitty)
  • Brooklyn: Truck Driver Wedges Rig Under Q Tracks in Midwood (Gothamist)
  • Brooklyn: Collision With Ambulance Leaves Car on Flatlands Sidewalk (Post)
  • Brooklyn: One Hurt in Two-Car Flatlands Crash (Post)
  • Brooklyn: Cyclist Assaulted by Cop in 2008 Arrested for Damaging Car (Post)
  • Corrections Officer Presumed Dead After Fleeing Traffic Stop, Jumping Off GW Bridge (Gothamist)
  • SI: Unlicensed Driver Flees Scene After Three-Car Collision (Post [5th Item])
  • Patchogue, LI: Dad Caught Driving Drunk With 5-Year-Old Daughter in Car (News)
  • West Islip, LI: Teen Passenger Seriously Injured When Friend Hits Tree (Newsday)
  • Linden, NJ: 18-Year-Old Ped Hit, Seriously Hurt; No Charges (S-L)
  • Millville, NJ: 18-Year-Old Stuck Under Car for Nine Hours After Crash (News)
  • Lebanon, NJ: Texting 18-Year-Old Hits Pole (Hunterdon CD)

Following Up

  • Carmen Huertas Goes to Court; Victims Raising Money for Her Defense (News 1, 2)
  • Related: Post-Leandra’s Law, Albany Needs to Protect All Reckless Driving Victims (Streetsblog)
  • Upgraded Charges Could Put Det. Kevin Spellman in Jail for 25 Years (City Room)
  • Manhattan: Assaulted Cyclist Ray Bengen Cleared, But Not His Alleged Assailant (Streetsblog)
  • East Meadow, LI: Manslaughter, Homicide Charges Added in Case of August DWI Ped Deaths (AP)
  • Attorney Says Taconic Crash Victim Survived Initial Impact (Newsday)
  • New Brunswick, NJ: Despite DOT Assurances, Road Where 15-Year-Old Died Still Ped Deathtrap (S-L)

Out of Town

  • Millville, NJ: 13-Year-Old Girl Hit, Cops Deliver Ticket to Hospital (AP)
  • Fairfield, AL: 10 Hit Outside Middle School; 9 Kids Injured, Woman Dies (AP)
  • Seattle, WA: Pedestrian Gravely Injured by Two Trying to Tow Car With Nylon Rope (Times)
  • Port Carbon, PA: Suspected DWI Woman Plows Into Daycare Center Full of Kids (WNEP)
  • San Francisco: Family of 4 Killed in Collision; Burglars Plunder Home (AP)
  • Dinwiddie, VA: Crash Kills Miley Cyrus Tour Bus Driver (AP)
  • Ventura, CA: “Pulp Fiction” Writer, DWI Killer Roger Avary Caught Tweeting From Prison (NYT)
  • Orlando, FL: Tiger Woods Charged With Careless Driving, Adultery After One-Car Crash (Post 1, 2)

Trends

  • Philly Media Unload on Cyclists After Ped Deaths; Killer Drivers, Carry On (City Room, P. Weekly)
  • Orlando, FL Officials Blame Pedestrians for Their Deplorable Mortality Rate (WESH)
  • Colorado DOT Develops BAC Estimator for iPhone (Post)
  • Beyond DC: Since We’re Talking Health Care, What About 40,000 Annual Road Deaths?

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

  • David_K

    21 killed by autos in our region this week alone, and the NY Times chooses to run a story about the menace of cycling on account of 2 deaths in Philly 2 months ago.

    What is wrong with this picture?

  • The article about Carmen Huertas is priceless. Apparently these kids believe that authority figures can do whatever they want, as long as they express some kind of remorse for any damage they’ve caused along the way. It’s a long way from the Golden Rule.

  • David_K

    Yeah, that cupcakes for Carmen thing is insane. That woman had twice the legal blood-alcohol limit when she got behind the wheel with seven little kids in the car. It’s insane.

  • LN

    We and a few late night dog walkers watched the immediate aftermath of the crash on the Henry Hudson Parkway (this is the portion where the greenway is absent and we have to go up into Riverside Park). Debris was everywhere and emergency crews were frantically working to get the driver out. We all silently said prayers for him or her and since then Ive been looking for a news article to find out what happen. RIP.

    Its pretty obvious that something needs to be done with this parkway to stop these horrific crashes. There have been several in the past month.

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