Today’s Headlines

  • Hynes: No Criminal Charges for Curb-Jumper Who Ran Red Light and Killed Yuliya Hermanska (News)
  • Driver Who Killed Roxana Sorina Buta in Union Square Crosswalk Cleared of Failure to Yield (Post)
  • Queens Driver Speeding at 100 MPH Injures 10; Charged With Reckless Endangerment (WNBC, News)
  • Council Member Eugene Talks Coney Island Avenue Traffic Calming (Ditmas Park Corner)
  • Lisa Sladkus Steps Down From UWS Streets Renaissance Campaign (Spectator)
  • DWI Arrests Up 20% Over Last Year, Led by Greenwich Village, Kew Gardens, Jackson Heights (Post)
  • NYC Women Talk About How to Get More Women Riding on City Streets (Velojoy)
  • Post Reporter Test Rides “Clunky” Citi Bike; Fixie-Riding Daily News Reporter Turns Up Her Nose
  • $1 Fee for New MetroCards Is Yielding More Than Expected for MTA (News, 2nd Avenue Sagas)
  • No TZB Toll Hike In 2014, But No Follow-Up From Cuomo on Toll Panel, Either (LoHud)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • A round of applause for Lisa Sladkus…and for Thomas Devito, who will be stepping up to carry on the work of the UWS Streets Renaissance Campaign.

  • Thanks Steve! Let’s see what names he gets called!! Pretty tough to top a pit bull.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe Harry Robinson, the driver who so casually killed Roxina Sorina Buta, was cleared of failure to yield and failure to exercise due care.

    I hope her family buries the driver and city with their wrongful death suit. But I’ll be thinking about her every time I stop at a light on my way home, wondering why anyone on a bike should ever obey traffic laws in a city that demonstrates such grotesque disregard for justice.

  • Despite all the attention on bicycles, bicycle lanes and bike share infrastructure, our most critical and urgent concern is the needless killing and maiming of innocents, of all modes of travel, due to reckless driving.

  • Eddie

    The outcome of the Roxana Buta case makes me feel sick. Has the DOT at least fired Harry Robinson, or does he still have his job?

  • Jesse

    New York tabloid bikeshare coverage: The food is terrible… and such small portions!

  • Greg

    Can someone who understands the legal situation better than me explain, practically, how not even these charges were able to stand? Does sticking a “failure to yield” charge really depend on the driver noticing the pedestrian?

  • moocow

    I was trying to avoid asking this, but, when does vigilante justice become okay when you have a Police Dept and a DA that just don’t do anything about car on cyclist/pedestrian crime?

  • Brad Aaron

    We asked DOT twice whether Robinson is still driving trucks. The press office ignored us.

    http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/11/15/is-the-truck-driver-who-killed-roxana-sorina-buta-still-behind-the-wheel/

    We will be asking again.

  • Joe R.

    I’d say right about now. All I know is if anyone hurt or killed someone I cared about due to reckless driving, that person wouldn’t be around too long. It’s a shame when things come down to that, but when justice through normal channels fails, people have a right to take matters into their own hands. My guess is after one or two motorists are killed via vigilante justice, our legal system might actually start taking these homicides seriously. And that’s what they are the most part-homicides. The few cases where a driver literally couldn’t do anything to avoid the situation I’m willing to give a free pass, but in most cases speeding or failure to yield or distracted driving are the cause of these needless deaths.

  • Brad Aaron

    Except I’d wager that most people in NYC believe drivers who wreak havoc get what they deserve, to the extent that they think about it at all.

  • Joe R.

    Do these people read the same articles you and I do-namely the ones which repeat the phrase “no criminality suspected” ad nauseum? I know the papers do a masterful job distracting everyone with their negative articles on bikes, but sooner or later can’t the average person make the connection that an awful lot of drivers kill people with no consequences?

  • Brad Aaron

    Unless they read Streetsblog, though, they’re not seeing a succession of these stories in the same place.

  • It’s never okay. There was an incident awhile back were a driver was mistaken by a growing mod because they thought he was the driver of a hit and run, who hit (and maybe killed) a kid. They killed him, beat him to death. Wrong guy who was a father and husband. Vigilante justice is never okay and it’s something you should of learned in High School tbh. It can also go both ways, drivers frustrated with bicyclists on the road breaking the law, not paying ‘road tax’ like in England, etc.

    I can’t believe people are even entertaining you with a positive response.

  • Joe R.

    Drivers are already doing their own version of vigilante justice to cyclists: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/05/10/watch-cyclist-harassment-captured-on-camera-in-south-williamsburg/

    Historically, vigilante justice has often gotten regular law enforcement to take crimes seriously which it was otherwise ignoring. I don’t know if that would work here, but normal channels sure as heck aren’t. I can’t advocate mob justice because as per your example, many times the wrong person gets killed. However, if I were on a jury of a person accused of killing a driver who killed a loved one, that person would walk. As I said in my last post on the subject, I’ve little doubt a handful of such cases might actually get the legal system to start taking these crimes seriously. I’m not even calling for jail time here. Rather, if a driver kills or seriously injures someone due to negligence, recklessness, or even incompetence, then that person should never be allowed to drive again. That’s the most perverse part of all this. Motorists kill people now. Even if they receive fines or jail time, they’re allowed to drive again.

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