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, 128 this year, 19 drivers charged*)

  • Upper East Side: Tow Truck Driver Hits 86-Year-Old Woman Crossing the Street; Investigation Ongoing (DNAinfo, Streetsblog)
  • Morrisania: Ronald Simpson, 43, Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash; Livery Cab Driver Sought by Police (NY1)
  • Hell’s Kitchen: 48-Year-Old Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with Cab (DNAinfo)
  • SI Expressway: Rabindra Sawh, 45, Killed, Five Injured After Their SUV Flips; Driver Charged With Reckless Assault (Post, Advance)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Mount Hope: Man’s Leg Pinned Between Two Vehicles After Van Driver Strikes His Car (Post Blotter)
  • Fort Greene: Two Cars Crash in Front of Church, One Driver Jumps Curb (Fort Greene Patch)
  • Claremont: Driver Tries Running Down Cop After Being Told He Couldn’t Park in a Lot (Post Blotter)
  • East Tremont: Off-Duty MTA Bus Driver Admits to Drinking When Pulled Over by Police (Post Blotter)
A driver jumped the curb in front of a church in Fort Greene. Photo: ##http://fortgreene.patch.com/articles/photos-cars-jump-curb-at-queen-of-all-saints#photo-8240719##Fort Greene Patch##

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Norwalk, NY: LI Man Killed After Driving Off Road, Crashing Into Telephone Pole (The Hour)
  • Manchester, NJ: Three Killed, Four Injured in Three-Vehicle Crash (AP)
  • Huntington, NY: Drunk Man Caught Driving Car With Three Tires, 2-Year-Old Son in the Backseat (News)
  • Riverdale, NJ: Five Injured After Dump Truck Driver Collides with Eight Vehicles (AP)
  • Bristol, IN: Seven Killed in Tractor-Trailer Collsion with Minivan (Fox)
  • Gillette, WO: Drunk Dad Arrested After Forcing 9-Year-Old Son to Drive His Van (News)

Following Up

  • No Charges Against Driver Who Killed Mathieu Lefevre; NYPD Fails to Release Information About Crash (Streetsblog, Gothamist)
  • Related: Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Crash Now Legal in New York City (Streetsblog)
  • Jury Finds Driver Not Guilty of Homicide in 2010 Fatal Bike Crash, Sentences Him to Ten Days Jail (Streetsblog, Post)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver in Fatal SI Crash Sentenced to Three to Nine Years (Advance)
  • Police Identify, Seek Driver Who Killed Cab Passenger in Wrong-Way LI Expressway Crash (Queens Courier)

Other News

  • DOT Installs Pedestrian Safety Improvements at Notorious Upper West Side Intersection (West Side Rag)
  • Crash Victim Sues Car Rental Company for Giving Vehicle to 90-Year-Old Without New Vision Test (Post)
  • Dangerous Flushing and Jamaica Streets Get Safer, But Electeds Want to Go Further (News)

* Based on latest available reports

  • Can you imagine one day when Police will charge a driver with second-degree assault, after the NYPD’s Accident Investigation Squad determined “his driving led to the death of a bicyclist or a pedestrian? 
    This is exactly what happened to the driver of the SUV that flipped over in Staten Island and killed one passenger ” arrested and charged with reckless assault” according to the Post. 
    But as I kept reading I could not comprehend how “losing control of the vehicle” could qualify. No speeding, no intoxication, no infraction. “driver Nigel Siboo, 41, lost control of the vehicle, police said.” So killing a passenger while driving within the law is a crime, killing a pedestrians or bicyclist while driving illegally just yields a yawn :  “no criminality involved”.This is the blatant discrimination we have to live with. One car passenger’s live is worth much more to this society than a bicyclist or a pedestrian live. We are the  99%.  We cannot tolerate this any longer. 

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