The Weekly Carnage

The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle mayhem
across the five boroughs and beyond. For more on the origins and purpose of this
column, please read About the Weekly Carnage.

Fatal Crashes (3 Killed This Week, 30 This Year, 6 Drivers Charged*)

  • Sung Won Cho, 40, Killed by Driver in Church Parking Lot in Gravesend; Four Others Injured, Including Baby and 10-Year-Old; No Charges (NYT, News, Post, NY1)
  • Natalie Assee, 37, Killed in Dyker Heights Hit-and-Run; Suspect at Large (YN, Post, Related: Streetsblog)
  • Keon Nedd, 17, Killed Outside Soundview Home by Hit-and-Run Driver of Stolen Car; Suspects at Large (News, City Room)

carnage_truckpole2.jpgPhoto: YourNabe

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Chelsea: Cyclist Locking Up Bike Hit by Towed Truck, Breaking Both Legs; No Known Charges (NY1)
  • West Brighton: Two Pedestrians Hit; No Known Charges (Advance)
  • Midtown: Horse Carriage Operator Found Drinking on the Job (Post)
  • Marine Park: Two Injured in One-Vehicle Collision With Light Pole (YN)
  • Bronx: NJ Corrections Officer Charged With DWI in Crash on Sheridan Expressway (YN Blotter)
  • SI: Driver Flips Car, Charged With DWI; Drunk Driver Hits Parked Cars (Advance)
  • SI: Four More Arrested for DWI Last Weekend (Advance)

Following Up

  • NYPD Denies Requests for Info in “Blameless” Crash Cases (Streetsblog)
  • Driver Charged, Pleads Not Guilty to Leaving Scene of Phelan Hit-and-Run (News, Post, NYT, NY1 1, 2)
  • Witness to Karen Schmeer Crash Says NYPD Account Doesn’t Add Up (City Room)
  • SI: Raging Lunatic Who Shot Pedestrian in 2009 Gets Five Years (Advance)
  • Riverdale Resident: It Doesn’t Take a Study to See What Makes Broadway Unsafe (R’dale Press)
  • DWI Case Against Adam Clayton Powell IV Unresolved Two Years Following Arrest (NYT)
  • Civil Suit Filed in 2007 DWI Death of Former Pataki Aide (Advance)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Falls Church, VA: Harry Reid’s Wife and Daughter Injured in Rear-End Collision (AP)
  • Harrison, NY: Housekeeper Smashes Prius Into Wall, Owner Blames Toyota (Gothamist, News)
  • Related: Experts Say Acceleration Problems Likely Amplified by Driver Error, Mass Hysteria (NYT, AP)
  • Edison, NJ: Former Staten Island Bishop Dies of Injuries From January Crash (Advance)
  • Los Angeles: Tom Cruise Hurt in Motorcycle Wreck (News)
  • Moscow: Fatal Collision Involving Lukoil Exec Sparks Outrage Over Above-the-Law Drivers (AP)
UEScrash.jpgImage: Transportation Alternatives

Other News

  • TA: Improvements Needed for East Side’s Most Dangerous Intersections (Our Town)
  • Parents Lobby DOT for Pedestrian Light at Deadly Brooklyn Museum Interchange (News)
  • News: Cops With a History of Drunk Driving Are Welcome at NYPD
  • Related: Detective Who Injured 2 in DWI Crash Retires With Full Pension, Has No Regrets (News)
  • Judge Upholds Jersey Teen-Driver Decal, Declares Driving a “Privilege” (S-L)
  • NHTSA Considering Data Recorder Requirement for All Autos (NYT)
  • California Window Tint Mandate Under Fire for Blocking Electronic Signals (Detroit News)
  • First Responders Not Immune to Dangers of Distracted Driving (NYT)
  • Driver on iPhone “Speed Trap” App: “It’s Like a Game.” (WRAL)
  • Mobile Billboard Seller Doesn’t Know If Her Product Is Legal, But Puts It on the Roads Anyway (MPR)

* Based on latest available reports

  • vnm

    The print edition of the Monday, March 8, Daily News, p. 13, has a gruesome photo of a wrecked car, and it reports:

    Calvin Camille, 20, of Rosedale, Queens, died when he ran a red light on Avenue D in East Flatbush and smashed his Honda into another vehicle, injuring three others, including a pedestrian, police said. Camille was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital.

    I can’t find this article on the Daily News website, but maybe if anyone has an account with PressDisplay.com you can view the get the article there.

  • vnm

    I guess what I’m saying is that there were actually 4 deaths this week, 31 this year, even though one of them didn’t get that much media attention.

  • Note that the version of the crashStat map shown in the post uses a filter in which an intersection with fewer than 15 crashes shows as clear. While it’s helpful to see where “hot spots” are with a map like this, it would be a mistake to conclude from the map that 5th and Park Avenue are largely crash-free.

    As for the hit-and-runs with the suspects still at large, if and when they are caught it will be important to see if they were driving without valid licenses. Research indicates that drivers without valid licenses are 60+ times more likely to run from the scene of a crash than those with valid licenses. One of the reasons we need to make a felony of injuring another while driving without a valid license.

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