David Greenfield Monitoring Investigation of Crash That Killed Bystander

City Council Member David Greenfield is keeping an eye on the investigation into a fatal collision in Brooklyn last weekend, which so far points to the culpability of both drivers involved in the crash.

David Greenfield

Greenfield told Streetsblog that he has been in touch with NYPD and the office of District Attorney Charles Hynes regarding the death of Chenugor Dao. Dao and three family members were standing near the corner of W. Fifth Street and Quentin Road on Saturday afternoon when two drivers collided at the intersection. One of the vehicles flipped over, striking Dao, her husband, daughter and 1-year-old granddaughter, according to reports.

Dao died at Lutheran Medical Center, and her relatives were hospitalized. Passengers in the vehicle that struck Dao and her family, a Jeep SUV, were also reported injured.

Though NYPD issued the boilerplate “No criminality suspected” statement shortly after the crash, Greenfield said an investigation has so far revealed that one driver was speeding and the other ran a stop sign. “NYPD has assured me that Highway is investigating,” said Greenfield, referring to the Highway Patrol unit, which includes the Accident Investigation Squad.

“If you’re driving on a rain-slicked road and you lose control, that’s an accident,” Greenfield said. “Speeding or running a stop sign is something you decide to do.”

Hynes’s office is working with NYPD to determine how the crash unfolded, according to Greenfield. “Criminal charges should be brought if warranted,” he said.

Asked about the Crash Investigation Reform Act, a package of bills intended in part to compel NYPD to reform the department’s crash investigation procedures, Greenfield said he is unaware of any movement to bring it closer to passage. It can take nine to 12 months for new legislation to pass through the council, he said. The bills were introduced in July, when Greenfield, joined by council colleagues and traffic violence victims at a rally outside City Hall, said NYPD could devote more resources to street safety and crash investigations within its current budget.

  • Mark Walker

    This is what elected officials are supposed to do: act on behalf of their constituents.

  • jrab

    Mark, I was under the impression that elected officials were supposed to consider the issues and do the right thing, even if it didn’t directly benefit their constituents.

    Having your staff make two phone calls to follow up on a mass casualty incident in your district hardly qualifies as “taking action.”

  • It would be good to see Greenfield go on a media offensive about this, the same way he does with those silly parking bills.

  • It’s probably not an accident if you’re driving on a rain-slicked road and you lose control. It’s probably a sign you were driving too fast for the conditions. When the roads were slippery earlier this week, I cycled far more slowly because I could feel my tyres lacked their normal grip. Drivers should be making similar calculations (and I’m always awestruck by how few do). This is the whole problem – people don’t think through the consequences of their behaviour when in a car.
    It beggars belief that the NYPD would not regard this crash as carrying any criminal responsibility.
    I’m feeling particularly heated on this because a car, astonishingly, overturned last night on Huntington St, Brooklyn, near where I live. It had come too fast down Court St, where traffic speeds are terrifying, and overturned somehow in the very narrow street. It beggars belief that the city is still prioritizing harassment of food delivery cyclists over introducing speed cameras.

  • Joe R.

    @twitter-915537378:disqus I agree wholeheartedly about going too fast for the conditions. The rare times I get caught in the rain while riding I slow down substantially on the turns, especially if it hasn’t rained for the past few days, making an oil slick more likely. Motorists should do the same. Any crash which involves a car turning over is indicative of speeds well in excess of the city’s 30 mph speed limit. It’s reckless to drive like this even on dry conditions, never mind wet ones.

  • Kavod Hatorah

    David Greenfield on 01/23/13 called the 66 precinct and had a yungerman send to central booking when they were going to give him a desk appearance . I daven with this yungerman he davens for 3 hours each morning and knows shas by heart . The yungerman took a cellphone from the husband of Greenfields secretary becase he was taking pictures of people all over boro park. Greenfield told Kasto from the Shomrim to make sure he gets arrested and goes thru the system

  • Usagi Luna

    The driver who speed and past stop sign should be put in jail…this is definitely a criminal act…speeding and running stop sign is illegal…I don’t understand why the police thinks this is not a criminal act…if this person who cause this horrible accident is not put into jail then NYC is a fucking shitty city!!! One life taken away, a happy family crushed b/c of this accident!!! This is a fucking criminal..he kill a person!!!

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