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 (2 killed this week, 130 this year, 19 drivers charged*)

  • Maspeth: Man Walking Along LI Expressway Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver (Post Blotter)
  • Cross Bronx Expressway: Jennifer Sosa, 20, Thrown Off Overpass By Car After Climbing Out of Pileup; Brother Pedro Luis Sosa Critically Injured (NYT, News)

 Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Midwood: Two Boys on Bikes Injured, One Critically, By Hit-and-Run Drivers (Post Blotter, NY1)
  • Morningside Heights: One Injured in Four-Car Crash; Police Refuse to Summons Driver Making Illegal U-Turn (Spectator)
  • Borough Park: Driver Hits, Drags Man Crossing the Street on a Motorized Scooter (Post Blotter)
  • West Shore Expressway: Two Pinned in Vehicles after Collision on Ramp (Advance)
  • Bushwick/South Ozone Park: Two Off-Duty Cops Arrested for DWI (Post)

 In the Region, Out of Town

  • White Plains, NY: Three Bronx Residents Killed in Wrong-Way Crash (LoHud)
  • Ewing, NJ: Pedestrian Fatally Struck By Two Cars in Hit-and-Run (Times of Trenton)
  • New Hempstead, NY: Unlicensed Driver Charged with Felony DWI in Crash That Injured Two (LoHud)
  • Seneca Falls, NY: State Senator’s Aunt Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver (CapTon)
  • Albany, NY: Man Killed in Crash Involving Driver Fleeing Police in Stolen SUV (WSJ)
  • Mattituck: Woman Hospitalized after Driver Hits Her in Drugstore Parking Lot (Suffolk Times)

 Following Up

  • DA Charges Postal Worker With Leaving Scene of Crash in Marilyn Dershowitz Killing (Post)
  • More Than 100 Rally in Maspeth Seeking Arrest of Hit-And-Run Killer (Times-Ledger)
  • Queens Cops Injured By Drunk Driving Fire Marshal Worry He Will Get Special Treatment (News)
  • Cops Searching for Hit-and-Run Driver Who Struck, Dragged Man on the Brooklyn Bridge (Bklyn Paper)
  • Bus Stop to Be Placed in Front of School Where Student Was Killed By Truck Driver (Advance)

 Other News

  • Toyota Introduces “World-First” Distracting Smartphone Display Software (News)
  • Study: Women at Greater Risk of Injury Than Men in Car Crashes (NYT)
  • Curbside Bus Services Have Fatal Accident Rate Seven Times Higher Than Traditional Operators (News)
  • Car Crashes Cost $300B a Year, Three Times as Much as Congestion: AAA (CBS)
  • Following Fatal Crashes, Fathers Push to Increase Safety on the Cross-Bronx Expressway (News)

* Based on latest available reports

  • NM

    So, according to the wisdom of Wikipedia:  Under the common law, persons in possession of real property (land owners, lease holders etc.) are entitled to the quiet enjoyment of their lands. If a neighbour interferes with that quiet enjoyment, either by creating smells, sounds, pollution or any other hazard that extends past the boundaries of the property, the affected party may make a claim in nuisance.

    I’m not sure I understand exactly why the pollution drifting to neighboring propeties and causing disease and death, cars crashing into buildings and injuring and killing people, and noise causing other hypertension-related health problems don’t make our autocentric streets a nuisance.  Is there an exemption for public property? 

    Never mind the mayhem in the streets themselves.

  • dporpentine

    And appearing next week in Weekly Carnage: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn-reverend-killed-hit-nypd-cruiser-article-1.972863

    Basically, an NYPD officer hit and killed another human being–an 87-year-old WW II vet and an assistant minister at a church in Brownsville–and didn’t even bother to tell that person’s family.

    “Police said the officer who was driving was given a Breathalyzer test; no criminality was suspected.”

    Heaven help the family. They have zero chance of seeing justice done.

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