The Weekly Carnage

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

Fatal Crashes (4 killed this week, 48 this year, 5 drivers charged*)

  • Bronx: 62-Year-Old Oil Delivery Driver Crushed by His Own Truck (News)
  • Bronx: Two Teens Killed, Driver Seriously Injured After Crashing Into Overpass (Post)
  • Marine Park: Amanda Marty, 30, Killed After Drunk Driving Boyfriend Flips Car on Belt Parkway; Kareem DuPass Charged With DWI, Manslaughter (News 1, 2)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Jamaica: CB12 District Manager Riding in Cab Hospitalized By Hit-and-Run (YourNabe)
  • Astoria: Man Who Tries Hitting Cop With SUV Arrested While Stuck in Traffic (Post Blotter)
  • Tribeca: Two Seriously Injured in Food Truck Explosion Following Collision With SUV (CBS Local, Tribeca Trib, DNAinfo)
  • Staten Island:  Tractor-Trailer Overturns, Gets Stuck in Toll Booth After Colliding With Dump Truck (Advance)
  • Queensboro Bridge: Man Driving Stolen Car Rear-Ends Vehicle, Steals It, Smashes Into Four More Cars (Post)
  • Upper East Side: Drunk Driver Crashes Into Unmarked Police Car (Post)
  • Bronx: Seven Injured After Driver Plows Into Oncoming Police Cruiser (WSJ)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Newburgh, NY: Mother Drives Minivan Into Hudson, Killing Herself and Three Children (NYT, News, Post)
  • Bayonne, NJ: Tennessee Titans Player Kenny Britt Arrested for Driving Away from Cops Who Stopped Him for Speeding (News)
  • West Babylon, NY: Driver Killed in Fiery Crash After Losing Control of Car (NBC NY)
  • Los Angeles: “Celebrity” DJ Samantha Ronson Injured After Falling Off Bike to Avoid Car (News)
  • Suffolk Co.: Video Shows School Buses, Fuel Trucks Speeding Through Red Lights at Red Light Camera Intersections (Suffolk Times)

Following Up

  • Ex-Bronx Prosecutor Wants DWI Case Tossed After Arresting Officer Is Targeted in Ticket-Fixing Probe (Post, News)
  • Cop Wasn’t Looking When He Ran Over Sunbather With His SUV on LI Beach: Police Report (Post)

Other News

  • Cuomo Dedicated to Getting Unsafe (Commercial Bus) Drivers Off the Roads (News)
  • Traffic Congestion May Have Caused Collision Between Jumbo Jet and Commuter Jet at JFK (NBC NY)
  • Texas Lawmakers Decide Highest Speed Limit in the Country Isn’t High Enough; Vote to Raise It to 85 MPH (NPR)
  • “Driving Safety Initiative” Calls on Auto Industry to Reduce Crash Casualties Through Contributions Added to the Sale Price of New Cars (Wheels)
  • “Is Car Safety an Oxymoron?” (HuffPo)
  • Orthopedic Surgeons’ “Decide to Drive” Campaign Latest to Draw Attention to Risks of Distracted Driving (Times)
  • Study Reveals What Happens Right Before Teens Crash (PR Newswire)

*Fatalities within the five boroughs. Information based on latest available reports.

  • Pete

    Add this one to the list: A friend of mine was riding her motorcycle in Red Hook the other night on a 2-way road (I believe it was Van Brunt). The SUV in front of her pulled to the right towards the sidewalk, and then flipped an illegal U-Turn, T-boning her.

    Hospitalized, a mess of broken bones and at least one surgery ahead of her.

  • Slope Cyclist

    Likewise, I was standing in front of the Park Slope Food Coop talking on my cell phone last Tuesday night, when a double-parked driver suddenly pulled out of his spot, swung a fast U-turn and smashed into a bicycle delivery man.

    The delivery guy hit the asphalt pretty hard. He seemed to be OK but his bike was a little bit damaged. He didn’t really seem to speak much English so it was hard to tell if he was hurt. He was able to ride away with a wobbly front wheel.

    Coincidentally, as the crash happened right in front of me, I was talking on the phone with a lawyer friend who does personal injury cases for cyclists.

  • Daphna

    I feel bad for that bicycle delivery man. Because of a careless driver doing two illegal actions (double parking and u-turn) the bicycle rider now will have a bruises for a week, will have to get his front wheel trued, or possibly will have to buy a new front wheel. And he may miss part of a night’s work if his bike is damaged. At a minimum, the driver should have given that bicyclist some money on the spot towards fixing his bike.

    It does not sound like the police were called. This means this accident goes unreported and does not show up in any statistics. Many many motorist on bicyclist crashes unfortunately go unreported. Sadly there is no consequence whatsoever for the motorist.

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