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.

Cyclist Luis Torres was killed in a hit-and-run on Fort Hamilton Parkway. The driver was later apprehended by police. Photo: ##http://www.vosizneias.com/83179/2011/05/06/brooklyn-ny-delivery-man-at-amnon-kosher-pizza-dies-in-hit-and-run-accident-in-borough-park##Vos Iz Neias##

Fatal Crashes (2 killed this week, 55 this year, 5 drivers charged*)

  • Borough Park: Truck Driver Attempts to Flee Scene After Killing Delivery Cyclist Luis Torres, 22; Charges Pending (News)
  • Mott Haven: Luis Morales, 18, Fatally Crashes Motorcycle Into FedEx Truck (Post Blotter)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Cross Bronx Expressway/Manhattan Bridge: At Least 10 Injured in Separate Multiple-Vehicle Crashes (Gothamist)
  • Sunset Park: Off-Duty NYPD Detective Caught Passed Out in Car, Arrested for Drunk Driving (Post)
  • Hell’s Kitchen: Passenger Injured After Driver Crashes Into Dump Truck on 10th Avenue (DNAinfo)
  • New Dorp, SI: Emergency Officials Respond to Crash that Leaves Car on Doctor’s Office Lawn (Advance)
  • Harlem: Six Injured, One Possibly Ejected From Car, in Crash on Harlem River Drive (DNAinfo)
  • Midtown East: Drunk Driver Jumps Curb, Smashes Into Restaurant Window (Post Blotter)
  • Staten Island: Two Drivers, One Doing 100 MPH, Arrested in Separate Drunk Driving Incidents (Post Blotter)
  • Upper East Side: Car Fire Erupts on FDR Drive (DNAinfo)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Smithtown, NY: SUV Driver Hits Two Children Walking at Site of Deadly 2009 Crash (CBS)
  • Montclair, NJ: School Bus Driver Arrested for DWI En Route to Pick Up Kids (NBC NY)
  • Central NJ: Nine-Vehicle Crash Causes 13-Mile Backup on NJ Turnpike (Star Ledger)
  • Levittown, NY: Drunk Driver Kills Two in Wantagh State Parkway Crash (MyFoxNY)

Following Up

  • SI Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter for 2009 Crash (Advance)
  • NFL Player Chris Simms Acquitted on Drugged Driving Charge (News)
  • SI Hit-and-Run Driver Who Mowed Down Elderly Couple in 2009 Sentenced (Advance)
  • Bronx Prosecutor With Disappeared DWI Still Assigned to Ticket Fixing Cases (News)

Other News

  • NY Senate Passes Bill That Would Let Police Pull Over Drivers for Texting (News)
  • Latest Distracted Driving PSA Assumes People Know Multitasking While Driving is Dangerous (Bits)
  • Car Manufacturers Explore Technology to Make Driver Attentiveness Optional (NY1)
  • Related: Can Driver Inattention Be Explained by Difficulty Homeostasis? (How We Drive)
  • Major League Baseball Wants Policy to Allow Discipline, Suspension of Players for Alcohol Offenses (News)

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

  • Amy

    I witnessed the crash on the Harlem River Drive Tuesday at 6pm. The driver of this SUV lost control and the vehicle flipped and rolled in what was a terrifying sight. There appeared to be 4 passengers and one woman was indeed thrown from the truck onto the highway. One of the many people who stopped to help performed CPR until the FDNY ambulance arrived. What was not reported in this week’s news was that there was another crash just 100 yards away the following morning that I also witnessed. In this second crash, two cars appeared to collide head on. FDNY also responded to the Wed. morning crash.

  • ddartley

    Question about the little numbers blurb at the top of every Weekly Carnage: is that the number of drivers charged this week, or this year?

  • Anonymous

    That first image is chilling. My thoughts are with Luis’ family.

  • summer

    It’s the number charged for the year so far (for fatal crashes in the five boroughs). If you come across updates, please let me know and I’ll revise the count.

  • Opie

    I’m curious why Streetsblog listed Torres as a ‘cyclist’ when the Post Blotter article indicated that he was a motorcyclist. Sad nonetheless.

  • Opie

    Nevermind, I answered my own question, I was confused by the appearance of two Luis’es on the weekly carnage.

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