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 (1 killed this week, 83 this year, 11 drivers charged*)

  • Port Morris: Unidentified Cyclist Fatally Struck by Driver; “No Criminality Suspected” (Post Blotter)
  • Sunnyside: Awsaf Islam, 15, Killed Last Week in Chain-Reaction Crash, Ignored By Bystanders in Presence of Lakers Player (News)**

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Harlem: Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves Man With Critical Head Injuries (DNAinfo)
  • Tomkinsville: Crash Ejects 9-Year-Old From Vehicle; At Least One Other Injured (Advance)
  • UES: Twelve-Year-Old Boy on Bike in Critical Condition After Driver Hits Him; “No Criminality Suspected” (DNAinfo)
  • Bronx: City Lifeguard Drives High With Three Kids in the Back Seat, Nearly Mows Down Pedestrians (Post)
  • Midtown: Driver Attempting to Park Jumps Curb, Seriously Injures 73-Year-Old Woman (Streetsblog, Post Blotter)
  • Long Island City: Sanitation Truck Driver Crashes Into LIRR Train, Injuring One (Post)
  • Murray Hill: Speeding SUV Driver “Loses Control,” Plunges Off FDR Drive, Landing on Cab; Eight Injured, No Charges (Post)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Fort Lee, NJ: Four Injured in Three-Vehicle Crash at the GW Bridge Toll Plaza (Post)
  • East Hampton, NY: Ex-Schools Chancellor Cathie Black Smashes SUV into Trees Backing Out of Driveway; Claims She Wasn’t Drunk (Post)
  • Waterloo, NY: One Killed, 30 Injured After Tractor-Trailer Crashes Into Tour Bus (CBS)
  • Ronkonkoma, NY: Two Killed in Head-On Crash (Three Village Patch)
  • Benton, NY: Five Amish Farmers Killed in Crash that Sent Their Van Under a Tractor (NYT)
  • Vancouver, Canada: “Cash Cab” Driver Hits, Kills Pedestrian After Filming (News)
  • New Orleans, LA: Brooklyn Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide for Drunk Driving Crash (AP)

Following Up

  • Six-Year-Old Queens Girl Hit By Drunk Driver Last Month Dies from Injuries; Mother Sues Driver (Post)
  • Drunk Driver Who Killed Fort Greene Pedestrian Charged With Assault, Multiple Counts (The Local)
  • Jets Player Braylon Edwards Pleads Guilty to DWI Charge, Won’t Serve Jail Time (Post)

Other News

  • “Midtown in Motion” to Come With Rad Driver-Distracting Apps (Streetsblog)
  • UWSers Want DOT to Go Further on Riverside Blvd Traffic Calming, But Ask for Traffic Light (DNAinfo)
  • Suffolk County Has Region’s Highest Bike Fatality Rate, With Hispanics Most in Danger (MTR)

* Based on latest available reports
** As this crash occurred prior to last Friday, it is not reflected in the weekly figure.

  • Anonymous

    This valuable feature’s headline could easily be changed from “The Weekly Carnage” to “Driver Was Not Charged.”  Practically the same difference.   

  • Bklynite

    No word from Seniors for Safety on any of these crashes? Linda Gross hasn’t sent out a press release?

  • Mercury Rising

    Nope. And no recommendation from Seniors for Safety to check on elderly neighbors during this intense heat wave, either.  Now, if someone were to collapse from heat exhaustion while crossing PPW and get hit by a bike, that would be a different story…

  • Hard not to smile at the cabbie who narrowly escaped being crushed and proclaims that he will “definitely be going to the mosque” from now on.  However wry, that comment is just so typical of the mindset that holds these crashes are just arbitrary “accidents”, reflecting the whims of the gods. That mindset is fertile territory for the vicious attacks in the Post and the DN on the administration’s policy-based traffic calming measures.  Thanks Summer and Streetsblog, for keeping it real.

  • Anonymous

    Any word from the DA or NYPD about charges for the FDR driver? I can’t believe he’ll just walk. A woman got amputated because of this.

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