Today’s Headlines

  • Dr. Siu Anthony Lee, 55, Killed by Motorist in Queens; NYPD: Driver Had Right of Way (Post, DNA)
  • Will Ray Kelly’s Information Crackdown Extend to Cops Who Blame Crash Victims? (DNA)
  • Nassau DA Rice Secures Six-Year Jail Term for Recidivist Drunk Driver Who Injured Seniors (WCBS)
  • 10th Precinct, Which Writes One Speeding Summons a Week, Assigns Officer to Ticket Cyclists (CN)
  • Gale Brewer Talks With Brian Lehrer About Electric Bike Enforcement (WNYC)
  • Getting a Jump on the Tabloids, Tri-State Analyzes Seasonal Bike-Share Data
  • The Real Deal: De Blasio Looking at Current Planning Commissioners for Next DCP Chair
  • Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Applies for EDC Grant to Build Sunset Park Seawall (Bklyn Paper)
  • New Bus Time Arrival Signs Installed in Staten Island (Advance)
  • Super Bowl Transpo Plan: Dedicated Lincoln Tunnel Bus Lane, New Transit Map (NYTWSJWNYC)
  • What Did Chris Christie Know About GWB Lane Closures, and When Did He Know It? (NYT)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Kevin Love

    I am profoundly disturbed that, once again, in spite of the evidence that the criminal who killed Dr. Lee was driving his car illegally fast it is again “No criminality suspected.”

    This sure looks to me like criminal negligence causing death. In a major pedestrian area like this, no car driver should be driving so fast as to be unable to stop in time for a pedestrian. Particularly in front of a hospital, where so many people are elderly, mentally confused, children, etc. etc.

    Car drivers owe a higher level of duty of car to these people because of their impairments. And it is not all that much to ask that they just drive slow enough to be able to stop in time to avoid killing someone.

    But nothing will change – the most vulnerable people will keep ending up dead – as long as these criminally negligent criminals are allowed to kill with impunity.

    Just across the NY border in Ontario (not to mention places like Japan or The Netherlands which actually care about human life) this car driver would be looking at criminal charges of Criminal Negligence Causing Death – and 10 years in jail.

    But what the hey! This is New York. Its “no criminality suspected” city for killer car drivers. So car drivers will keep on blasting on at dangerous and illegal speeds in front of hospitals. And when they kill someone its going to be “no criminality suspected.”

  • Joe R.

    A second issue besides speed is the entire idea of the concept of right-of-way. Back in the early days of motor vehicles, intersections were first come/first served. Anyone approaching an intersection had to wait for those already in it to go through. Eventually, in the interests of speeding traffic on major roads, these were often given right-of-way priority over minor roads by putting stop signs or yield signs on the minor roads. Traffic signals came next. They carried the concept further by alternately giving right-of-way to major and minor roads. Unfortunately, this concept also carried over to pedestrians. It’s been used countless times to excuse motorists who kill pedestrians.

    We need to get rid of the concept of right-of-way and go back to uncontrolled intersections. This has been proven to work elsewhere. If you hit a vulnerable user at such an intersection, you’re automatically at fault for not exercising due car. To those who may say traffic signals make things safer for crossing pedestrians, perhaps sometimes they do. However, they can and are used to excuse drivers who feel they can plow into a crossing pedestrian just because they have the light. Indeed, I recall a few cases where motorists ran over crossing pedestrians who were still in the crosswalk as the light changed from red to green.

  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96

    The blame is equally on the NYPD as much as is the driver. I can think of at least two violations that could have been written: Failure to exercise due care (VTL § 1146), and failure to yield (motorists must yield to peds at all times, even if the motorists have right-of-way). How can NYC ever progress in street safety if the NYPD barely enforces the most basic traffic laws towards motorists?