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.

A livery cab driver crashed into a department store in the Bronx, killing 1 and injuring 6. Photo:##http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/04/21/2011-04-21_livery_cab_spins_out_of_control_crashes_into_bronx_storefront_killing_woman_61.html##News##

Fatal Crashes (2 killed this week, 50 this year, 5 drivers charged*)

  • Bronx: 61-Year-Old Woman Killed, Six Injured After Livery Cab Driver Crashes Through Storefront (Post, News)
  • Staten Island: Kenneth Cascio, 42, Fatally Crashes Scooter Into Minivan (Advance)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Upper West Side: Food Delivery Cyclist Struck By Jeep Driver (DNAinfo)
  • Brooklyn Heights: Driver Crashes Into Promenade (Bklyn Paper)
  • Bushwick: Drunk Sanitation Worker Smashes Garbage Truck Into Oncoming Vehicle (News)
  • Staten Island: Driver Pinned in Wreckage of Staten Island Expressway Crash (Advance)
  • East Elmhurst: Hit-and-Run Driver Sends 16-Year-Old Pedestrian to Hospital (Post Blotter)
  • Park Slope: Four Pedestrians Hospitalized After SUV Driver Jumps Curb, Slams Into Crowd (Bklyn PaperNews)
  • Four-Car Crash in Holland Tunnel Injures Five (Post)

Kenneth Cascio was killed when he crashed his scooter into a minivan on Staten Island. Photo:##http://www.silive.com/eastshore/index.ssf/2011/04/staten_island_man_42_killed_in.html##Advance##

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Cherry Hill, NJ: NYC Woman Killed, CT Man Seriously Injured in Collision on NJ Turnpike (Courier Post)
  • Riverhead, NY: One Killed, Several Injured After Tractor-Trailer Crashes Into School Bus (WPIX)
  • Bellmore, NY: LI Cop Fatally Strikes 63-Year-Old Pedestrian (CBS Local, Post)
  • Elizabeth, NJ: 10-Year-Old Boy in Critical Condition After “Hitting” Moving Car (Star Ledger)
  • Cleveland: Four Hospitalized After Driver Plows Car Into Crowd at McDonald’s Hiring Event (News)
  • Atlanta: 16-Year-Old Driver Faces Homicide Charges for Crash that Killed His Mother (News)
  • Danielson, CT: Drunk Driver Arrested Twice in One Night (Post)

Following Up

  • Driver Who Killed Two LI Teens in Red Light-Running Crash Offered Plea Deal (NBC NY)
  • Former Yankees and Mets Pitcher Dwight Gooden Receives Five Years Probation for DUI in Hackensack (New Milford Patch)
  • 76-year-old Bronx Man Fatally Struck By City Bus in February Identified (Wired PR News)

Other News

  • New Countdown Clocks Along Queens Blvd. Will Tell Peds How Much Time Remains Before “10 Lanes of Traffic Roar Into Action” (YourNabe)
  • Manhattan Beach Group Threatens Protest Against Traffic-Calming Bike Lane in Name of Safety (Courier-Life)
  • Lefferts Gardens Residents to City: Fix the Dangerous Intersection of Parkside and Ocean (Bklyn Paper)
  • Bloomberg Administration Abandons Crash Tax Proposal (City Room)
  • NJ Transportation Commissioner Considers Lifting Truck Ban on Garden State Parkway (CBS Local)
  • NJ Senator Introduces Legislation to Protect Evidence in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crashes (News of Cumberland Co.)

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

  • Pete

    One more. A pedestrian was killed in Sunset Park earlier this week:

    http://www.news12.com/articleDetail.jsp?regionId=7&articleId=279416&position=1&news_type=news

    Strangely, “Police say both the pedestrian and the driver had a green light.” No charges.

  • It never ceases to shock me how little the police care about pedestrians having the right of way. Do they even know the law?

  • Daphna

    If both the driver and pedestrian had the light, that means the driver was turning; that is how they both would have the light. But in that circumstance, the driver must yield to the pedestrian.

    Ray Kelly’s NYPD is inept, non-caring and corrupt when it comes to moving violations and vehicular crime. They do not enforce the law and often do not even know the law. Transportation Chief James Tuller seems to be ineffective.

    I wish that a very strong, knowledgeable Transportation Chief would be appointed who really took his job seriously, I wish that there was a Police Commissioner who would support proper policing of motorists.

  • Daphna

    If both the driver and pedestrian had the light, that means the driver was turning; that is how they both would have the light. But in that circumstance, the driver must yield to the pedestrian.

    Ray Kelly’s NYPD is inept, non-caring and corrupt when it comes to moving violations and vehicular crime. They do not enforce the law and often do not even know the law. Transportation Chief James Tuller seems to be ineffective.

    I wish that a very strong, knowledgeable Transportation Chief would be appointed who really took his job seriously, I wish that there was a Police Commissioner who would support proper policing of motorists.

  • Andrew

    No, they don’t.

  • Streetsblog needs a widget – a counter showing the number of people killed by car drivers in NYC this year that runs side by side with a counter showing the number of people killed by bicyclists. It would be a start reminder of the true danger on city streets.

  • summer

    Thanks, Pete. Sadly, will have to file this under “…killed…no charges.”

  • summer

    Thanks, Pete. Sadly, will have to file this under “…killed…no charges.”

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