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 (3 killed this week, 43 this year, 4 drivers charged*)

  • Crown Heights: Josh Thorne, 25, Run Down Twice By Drivers Who Fled Scene (WABC, Streetsblog)
  • Norwood: Motorcyclist Justin Bravo, 28, Crashes Into Concrete Overpass on Mosholu Parkway (DNA)
  • Baychester: Reginald Velez, 29, Drives Wrong Way on I-95, Collides With Tractor-Trailer (News)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • New Dorp: School Bus Crash Leaves Six Children, One Adult Injured (DNA)
  • Parkchester: Driver Critically Injures 2-Year-Old Chasing Ice Cream Truck (DNA)
  • Oakland Gardens: 89-Year-Old Driver Leaves 56-Year-Old Pedestrian in Critical Condition (Times Ledger)
  • Coney Island: Ten People, Including Four Students, Injured in School Bus Crash (DNA)
  • Midtown: Teen Smashes Into Taxi After Driving Wrong Way on 7th Avenue (Post Blotter)
  • Bed-Stuy: Fire Truck Driver En Route to Blaze Crashes Into Vehicle, Injuring 10 (DNA)
  • Elm Park: Off-Duty Cop Charged With DWI After Crashing Into Telephone Pole, Driving Wrong Way (News)
  • Willowbrook: Driver Jockeying for Parking Spot Injured in Crash on College of S.I. Campus (Advance)
  • Bay Ridge: Mini-Bus Carrying Seniors Overturns Following Collision; 11 Injured (DNA)
  • Downtown: EMTs Block Erratic Driver from Plowing Into Chatham Square; Police Unaware of Incident (DNA)
  • Far Rockaway: Car Carrying Queens Boro Prez and Aides Rear-Ended By Channel 4 News Truck; No Injuries (DNA)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Pittsgrove, NJ: 57-Year-Old Bicyclist Fatally Struck By Driver (NJ.com)
  • Putnam Valley, NY: 28-Year-Old Driver Killed After Flipping Truck  (LoHud)
  • Putnam Valley, NY: Driver Faces Leaving-the-Scene Charges After Hitting Pedestrian, Checking on Her, Then Driving Off (LoHud)
  • Southeast, NY: 26-Year-Old Driver Killed in Head-On Crash After Driver Crossed Lanes (LoHud)
  • Franklin Township: Two Teens Injured After Car They Were Riding In Crashed With Dump Truck (Gloucester Cty Times)

Following Up

  • Following Death of Amos Veloz By City Bus Driver, Flatiron Residents Urge DOT to Protect Pedestrians from Speeding Buses (DNA)
  • Queens Woman Sues Drivers in Funeral Procession Crash That Sent Limo Into Her Bodega (Post)
  • S.I. Working Group Makes Safety Recommendations for Street Where Cyclist RJ Tillman Was Killed (Advance)
  • Off-Duty Cop Who Slammed Into Tiffany Storefront Convicted of DWI, Faces Up to 15 Years in Prison (Post)

* Based on latest available reports

  • EMT’s Stop Erratic Driver: “The driver . . . appeared to be in an altered mental state, according to
    the FDNY. “He was just oblivious, he didn’t know what was going on,” the
    spokesman said.”

    If a guy was brandishing a gun in an ‘altered mental state,” it would be in every daily paper and local news show.  Because his deadly weapon of choice was a motor vehicle, it makes for a quaint dispatch buried in DNA info.

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