In Memoriam

By all indications, 2010 should have been a banner year for street safety in New York. As the city continued to roll out physical improvements to reduce risks to pedestrians and cyclists and announced unprecedented further measures to come, state legislators stepped up with new laws intended to hold accountable, however incrementally, motorists whose negligence results in injury and death. Most promising of all, it seemed, was an infusion of new blood at the Manhattan district attorney’s office, where crimes against vulnerable street users had for so long barely merited consideration.

Unfortunately, a fusillade of attacks from outraged NIMBYs, abetted by a press corps more interested in driving up page views than delivering reality-based reportage, largely overshadowed gains on the ground. And as New Yorkers continued to sacrifice life and limb in the name of nothing more than picking up groceries, walking to school or riding to work, punitive, much less preventative, action on the part of law enforcers continued to be all but non-existent. Tough talk is nice, but in the end it’s going to take prosecutions — not promises or press releases — to send the message that deadly recklessness will no longer be tolerated on city streets.

What follows is our accounting of New York pedestrians and cyclists known to have lost their lives in 2010. Please use the comments to share remembrances of those named here, and the names and stories of those we missed.

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Graziano Abreu, Marcelino Adraneda, Robert Bowen, Sylvie Cameron
  • Graziano Abreu, 39, Pedestrian, Killed in the Bronx; Hit-and-Run (News)
  • Marcelino Adraneda, 76, Pedestrian, Killed in the Bronx; Driver Issued Summons (Post 1, 2, News)
  • Therese Alonso, 64, Pedestrian, Killed on Staten Island; Driver Not Charged (Advance, News)
  • Amrom Altman, 4, Pedestrian, Killed in Brooklyn; Driver Not Charged (Streetsblog)
  • Natalie Assee, 37, Pedestrian, Killed in Brooklyn; Hit-and-Run (YourNabe)
  • Fuen Bai, 74, Cyclist, Killed in Manhattan; Driver Not Charged (Streetsblog, Villager)
  • Robert Borchers, 76, Pedestrian, Killed in Queens; Driver Not Charged (Post, News)
  • Robert Bowen, 45, Cyclist, Killed in Manhattan; Hit-and-Run (Streetsblog, Bicycling)
  • Seymon Brodsky, 84, Pedestrian, Killed in Queens; Driver Not Charged (YourNabe)

Megan Charlop,
Megan Charlop, Ferderich Enbre, Marcus Ewing, Margaret Fisher
  • Sylvie Cameron, 48, Pedestrian, Killed on Staten Island; No Known Charges (Advance)
  • Tim Campbell, 24, Cyclist, Killed July 7 in Brooklyn; Hit-and-Run (Streetsblog, Bklyn Paper)
  • Neil Chamberlain, 28, Pedestrian, Killed in Brooklyn; Hit-and-Run (Streetsblog)
  • Megan Charlop, 57, Cyclist, Killed in the Bronx; No Charges Filed (News)
  • Sung Won Cho, 40, Killed in Brooklyn; Driver Not Charged (NYT)
  • Dario Digiano, 21, Pedestrian, Killed in Manhattan; Hit-and-Run (Streetsblog, NJ.com)
  • Ferderich Enbre, 13, Cyclist, Killed in Queens; Driver Issued Summonses (Post, Gazette, Chron)
  • Ana Estevez, 25, Pedestrian, Killed in the Bronx; Driver Not Charged (R’dale Press 1, 2)
  • Marcus Ewing, 27, Cyclist, Killed in Manhattan; Drivers Issued Summonses (News)
  • Margaret Fisher, 67, Pedestrian, Killed in Manhattan; Driver Charged With Leaving Scene (News 1, 2, DNAinfo)
Morris Friedman,
Morris Friedman, Dayshan Geralds, Mary Celine Graham, Jasmine Herron
  • Morris Friedman, 60, Pedestrian, Killed in Brooklyn; Hit-and-Run (News)
  • Dayshan Geralds, 17, Cyclist, Killed on Staten Island; Hit-and-Run (Advance)
  • Mary Celine Graham, 83, Pedestrian, Killed in Manhattan; Driver Charged With Murder (Streetsblog 1, 2)
  • Enrico Graves, 45, Pedestrian, Killed in Brooklyn; Driver Charged With DWI (News)
  • Manuel Tzaj Guachiac, 25, Pedestrian, Killed in Brooklyn; Driver Charged With Homicide (Post, News, NYT)
  • Jasmine Herron, 23, Cyclist, Killed in Brooklyn; Driver Ticketed for Unlicensed Operation (News 1, 2, Post 1, 2)
  • Frank Justich, 41, Sanitation Worker, Killed in Queens; Driver Not Charged (News, City Room, YourNabe)
  • Arthur Katz, 49, Pedestrian, Killed on Staten Island; No Known Charges (Advance)
  • Daniel Kelley, 23, Pedestrian, Killed on Staten Island; Driver Charged With Assault (Advance 1, 2, 3)
  • Jason King, 21, Pedestrian, Killed in Manhattan; Driver Issued Summonses  (Streetsblog 1, 2)
Frank Justich,
Frank Justich, Daniel Kelley, Shaun McGraw, Max Mendez
  • Beata Kurpiewski, 59, Pedestrian, Killed on Staten Island; Driver Charged With Homicide (Advance)
  • Mary Mason, 59, Pedestrian, Killed in Brooklyn; No Known Charges (News, Post 1, 2)
  • Jake McDonaugh, 18, Cyclist, Killed in Brooklyn; Driver Charged With Homicide (Streetsblog)
  • Shaun McGraw, 16, Pedestrian, Killed in Brooklyn; Driver Not Charged (Advance)
  • Max Mendez, 6, Pedestrian, Killed in Manhattan; No Known Charges (Streetsblog)
  • Abundio Mendez-Perez, 32, Pedestrian, Killed in Queens; Driver Not Charged (YourNabe)
  • Rashid Muhammad, 75, Pedestrian, Killed in Queens; No Known Charges (News)
  • Roxane Murano, 59, Pedestrian, Killed on Staten Island; Driver Charged With Suspended License (Advance)
  • Keon Nedd, 17, Pedestrian, Killed in Bronx; Hit-and-Run (News, Bronx Ink)
Muhammed,
Rashid Muhammad, Keon Nedd, Edmund Pllumaj, Sarah Parris
  • “Nevel,” 40, Pedestrian, Killed in Bronx; No Known Charges (Bronx News)
  • Chan Park, 62, Killed in Manhattan; No Known Charges (DNAinfo)
  • Sarah Parris, 13, Pedestrian, Killed in Brooklyn; Driver Not Charged (Streetsblog, News  1, 2)
  • Cecelia Penkala, 70, Pedestrian, Killed in Manhattan; Driver Issued Summons (News, Standard Speaker)
  • Edmund Pllumaj, 26, Killed in the Bronx; Driver Not Charged (News)
  • Anthony Rizzo, 16, Pedestrian, Killed on Staten Island; Driver Not Charged (Advance)
  • Mohammed Rohman, 45, Pedestrian, Killed in Queens; Driver Charged With Impairment (News)
  • Joe Rollino, 104, Pedestrian, Killed in Brooklyn; Driver Not Charged (NYT, News, Eagle)
  • Consuela Sanchez, 81, Pedestrian, Killed in Queens; Driver Not Charged (News)
  • Joydeep Sarkar, 29, Pedestrian, Killed in Manhattan; Hit-and-Run (Streetsblog, WPIX)
Joe Rollino,
Joe Rollino, Consuela Sanchez, Joydeep Sarkar
  • Karen Schmeer, 39, Pedestrian, Killed in Manhattan; Driver Charged With Murder (Streetsblog)
  • Evan Svirsky, 4, Pedestrian, Killed in Brooklyn; No Known Charges (Post, News)
  • Permaul Tulkanam, 59, Pedestrian, Killed in Queens; Driver Not Charged (News)
  • Stefanos Tsigrimanis, 29, Cyclist, Killed in Brooklyn; No Known Charges (WSN)
  • Arnulfo Velardo, 84, Pedestrian, Killed in Queens; No Known Charges (YourNabe)
  • Brian Waldman, 52, Pedestrian, Killed in Brooklyn; Driver Charged With Suspended License, Leaving Scene (AP)
  • Margaret Walsh, 83, Pedestrian, Killed on Staten Island; Driver Charged With Suspended License (Advance 1, 2)
  • Harry Wieder, 57, Killed in Manhattan; No Known Charges (Downtown Express)
  • Shamira Zaman, 2, Pedestrian, Killed in Queens; Driver Not Charged (Post)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian, 50, Killed Jan. 1 in Brooklyn; Driver Charged With DWI, Manslaughter (News, Post)
Karen Schmeer,
Karen Schmeer, Stefanos Tsigrimanis, Manuel Tzaj Guachiac, Margaret Walsh
  • Unnamed Pedestrian, 77, Killed Jan. 4 in Manhattan; Driver Not Charged (Post)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian, 66, Killed Jan. 8 in the Bronx; Driver Charged With Homicide, DWI (Post)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian, 32, Killed Jan. 9 in Queens; Drivers Not Charged (News)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian Killed Jan. 12 in Queens; Driver Not Charged (YourNabe)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian, 25, Killed Jan. 21 in Queens; Hit-and-Run (YourNabe)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian, 27, Killed Jan. 26 in Queens; Hit-and-Run (YourNabe)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian, 23, Killed Mar. 5 in Queens; No Known Charges (Courier)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian Killed Apr. 12 in Manhattan; No Known Charges (Lo-Down)
  • Unidentified Cyclist Fatally Injured Apr. 14 in Brooklyn; No Charges Filed (Streetsblog, Gothamist)
Unidentified cyclist,
Unidentified cyclist, Harry Wieder, Shamira Zaman
  • Unnamed Pedestrian, 55, Killed Apr. 25 in Brooklyn; No Charges Filed (News)
  • Unidentified Pedestrian Killed May 22 in Manhattan; Driver Charged With DWI, Manslaughter (City Room, News)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian, 47, Killed Aug. 18 in Queens; No Known Charges (AP)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian Killed Sept. 16 in Manhattan; No Known Charges (News)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian, 69, Killed Sept. 28 in the Bronx; Hit-and-Run (Streetsblog)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian, 72, Killed Sept. 29 in Queens; Driver Not Charged (Streetsblog)
  • Unidentified Pedestrian Killed Oct. 31 in Queens; Hit-and-Run (News)
  • Unnamed Pedestrian, 58, Killed Nov. 16 in Queens; No Known Charges (News)
  • Unidentified Pedestrian Killed Nov. 17 in Brooklyn; No Known Charges (Streetsblog)
  • Unidentified Pedestrian Killed Dec. 7 in Queens; Hit-and-Run (WABC)
  • R Thibault

    I am disgusted how many innocent people have paid with their lives for our addition to oil. Thank you for this important post. May they all rest on peace.

  • LN

    Sadly, I know of another one to add:
    http://www.ghostbikes.org/new-york-city/diego-rodriguez

  • Marina

    Maxim Vickers…cyclist…lived in Astoria…was killed on Long Island by a hit-and-run. I can supply a photo.

    http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/hit-run-in-old-westbury-kills-astoria-cyclist-1.2512771

  • Mrbadexample

    Cindy Wade–cyclist, pedestrian… killed while crossing the street on her way home from work. AFAIK driver was not charged. this happened on November 15/early morning November 16. I never saw a police report on her death. If anybody can tell me where I might find more details on her death, I’d appreciate it. Her friends through the Church of the Village weren’t able to find out anything else except that she was alive shortly after the accident.

  • What strikes me about these picture is just how diverse the victims are. It would be interesting to see how diverse the offending drivers, because I suspect that while being killed while walking/bicycling is a truly inclusive activity, those committing the offenses are more heavily weighted towards younger, male, and white. Sad commentary on our times.

  • @ Corey Burger: You’re so right about victims’ diversity; ditto your speculation on killer-drivers being less so. Right Of Way documented both statistical tendencies a decade ago (for 1994-1997 NYC pedestrian and cyclist fatalities), in our book/report, Killed By Automobile. All except race of drivers, which we were unable to determine from the data available.

    Brad + Streetsblog: Thank you for this impressive and moving compilation.

  • Sarah Goodyear

    She was riding a Vespa, not a bicycle, but I would like to add Aileen McKay Dalton to the list. She was the mother of three young children, including a classmate of my son’s. Her memorial service was attended by hundreds. It was a terrible loss.

    http://www.streetsblog.org/2010/07/19/hundreds-of-neighbors-press-nypd-for-justice-for-slain-mother-of-three/

  • This is most powerful and very upsetting. Brad and Sreetsblog, thank you for this compilation which reminds us of the senseless violence in our streets, violence condoned by our society as reflected in law enforcement personnel’s behavior who clearly discriminate on who they chose to apply the law to;

    AS in the film “The Messenger” which depicts the job of soldiers who notify next of kin in war casualties, should it be a requirement for council members, Mike Bloomberg and Ray Kelly to attend all funerals of pedestrians/bicyclists killed by drivers?

    Why is the press not more concerned about a 100 beautiful diverse dead citizens right in our backyard. Maybe we should take a full advertising page to publish these photographs and names in all major New york publications twice a year.

    This is revolting at so many levels ..

  • Bravo Christine!

    You: “As in the film “The Messenger” which depicts the job of soldiers who notify next of kin in war casualties, should it be a requirement for council members, Mike Bloomberg and Ray Kelly to attend all funerals of pedestrians/bicyclists killed by drivers?”

    Killed By Automobile: “Toward A Pedestrian Agenda: 10 Mayoral Steps: Step 1: Stand symbolically with victims of car violence, rather than with drivers. During your tenure as mayor, over 1200 pedestrians and cyclists have been killed by automobile. Console a bereaved family. Pledge “No more car violence.”” (p 60)

  • Charles,
    I should have remembered .. indeed.
    Maybe we can get Michael Moore to do a follow up on this new aspect of urban class warfare..
    a fitting sequel to his movie on GM …

  • Oh and by the way, going back to 2009 I read these two nuggets in the NYT article (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/29/nyregion/29murder.html)

    “Overall, major crime — which includes seven categories like murder, rape, robbery and auto theft “. I did not realize that stealing an automobile is a MAJOR CRIME… how does such a small theft become a MAJOR CRIME ? where is the body violence, the dead or the injured???

    “Most of this year’s victims — 283 of them — were killed with a gun fired by someone they knew. Others were stabbed (90 cases), hit with a blunt instrument (28) or asphyxiated (16). One victim was murdered with a car.” Now I want to read the details of the one murdered with a car.. what was the difference and similitudes between this one and the hundreds we know of? And is not a car comparable to a knife or a blunt instrument : very useful, legal but dangerous or deadly if misused?

    so enlightening..

  • BicyclesOnly

    I’m speechless, as I usually am after reading one of these “carnage” posts. It’s too painful for me to seriously contemplate how much has been sacrificed in just one city, in just one year, as an accepted and “hidden” cost of a transport system which none of us chose and which imposes numerous, serious costs in addition to killing and maiming all these people.

    But thanks Brad and Streetsblog, for the post.

  • I was personally moved and inspired by Jasmine Herron’s death. Many Brooklyn politicians and the 77th NYPD precinct have expressed similar sentiments and started to take action. As an individual cylist and member of the larger community, I have been following up with NYPD and the politicians to hold to their words.

    Learn a bit more here:http://criticalmasspanic.blogspot.com/2010/10/biklyn-rising.html

    Unfortunately, my presence in NYC may be coming to an end for the time being, and I am eager to find others in the community to help carry on this work. Please send me an e-mail if you are interested in taking both direct and creative actions and/or attending meetings conducted by those in power to affect changes for safer streets in NYC.

  • It’s a very sad piece to read at the end of the year. There are families missing someone loved at the table, there are kids missing their moms, and mom’s missing their kids. And it’s not like it’s war time or anything. These are not soldiers killed in action.These are civilians going about their daily lives like all of us who were killed by stupidity and recklessness. We’re living in peaceful and “safe” city and yet scores of people get killed because we have inadequate laws, lackluster enforcement of those laws, police department who doesn’t care and political leaders who care even less. How many more people need to die before someone comes to their senses and cracks down on unsafe drivers? I believe that any driver who kills a person should never be allowed to drive and driving without license should be a criminal offense that carries heavy punishment that one will remember for the rest of their life. I believe in zero tolerance for drunk driving too.

    May they all rest in peace and my condolences to their families. Lets hope 2011 will bring less death, pain and suffering.

    Adam

  • Driver

    “what was the difference and similitudes between this one and the hundreds we know of?”
    Most likely the primary difference was intent.

    “how does such a small theft become a MAJOR CRIME”
    It has to do with the value of the stolen item. After a certain dollar amount a theft goes from a misdemeanor to a felony. If someone stole a 10 or 20 thousand dollar item from you you might not consider it such a small theft.

  • DRIVER I agree with you however..

    When I was a kid this scene played over and over at my home after i made some mistake: Kid: ” it’s not my fault, i did not do it on purpose!” and my mother : please pay attention and make it your purpose not to do it ….

    At a minimum if these drivers do not know how to operate the complex machinery that a vehicle moving at 30 mph in a crowded city is, we should immediately take a away their license and their vehicle to prevent further ” accidents” …just like a crane operator lose their license or the cops are put on desk duty after firing their guns…

    MAJOR CRIME, well, how much is the monetary value of a life? $ one million or two? just the cost for the state to educate a person and the health benefits provided up to the death must come close to that … sounds like a MAJOR crime to me..
    Woud i rather have my car stolen or my life? mmmmmm….

  • Suzanne

    Obviously loss of property is more important to society than loss of life, especially if it’s done by a driver. If you ever want to get away with killing somebody just run them over. Then it’s just an “accident”.

  • When fear of punishment is absent, mindfulness flees.

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