The Weekly Carnage

The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle violence across the five boroughs. For more on the origins and purpose of this column, please read About the Weekly Carnage.

Ruben Rivera, 81, was killed in East New York by a truck driver who fled the scene. Image: News 12
Ruben Rivera, 81, was killed in East New York by a truck driver who fled the scene. Image: News 12

Fatal Crashes (5 Killed This Week; 26 This Year; 1 Driver Charged*)

  • Williamsburg: Margarita Seda, 80, Struck by Turning Driver on Grand Street; No Charges (Streetsblog)
  • East New York: Ruben Rivera, 81, Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver on Atlantic Avenue (News 12WABC)
  • Sunset Park: Min Lin, 36, Pregnant, Struck in Parking Lot by Man Driving Snow Plow; No Charges (DNA)
  • West Village: MTA Driver William Pena, 49, Killed When Man Who Stole Delivery Truck Hits Bus; Three Others, Including Food Vendor on Sidewalk, Injured (DNA 1, 2)
  • Harlem: Albert Cortez, 45, Crushed After Jumping From Truck He Was Driving (News)

Injuries, Arrests, and Property Damage

  • Borough Park: Ambulance Driver Collides With School Bus, Injuring 19 (NewsPostWCBSWABC)
  • Ditmas Park: 16 Injured in School Bus Crash (Ditmas Park CornerNews)
  • Williamsburg: Driver Fleeing Police in Stolen Car Crashes Into Traffic Light, Vehicle (DNA)**
  • Harlem: Pedestrian Seriously Injured at Park Avenue and 125th Street; CIS Requested (@NYScanner)
  • Throggs Neck: Couple Survives After Driving Car Off Bruckner Expressway (DNA)
  • Jamaica: Driver Rescued from Flaming Car After Crashing Into Divider on Van Wyck Expressway (Post)
  • Queens: Driver Flips SUV on Grand Central Parkway (@NYScanner)
  • Fort Hamilton: Driver Charged With Reckless Endangerment After Fleeing Police at Traffic Stop (Advance)
  • Mariners Harbor: Driver Pulled Over for Forged License Plate Found With Gun in Car (Post Blotter)

* Based on latest available reports
** Incident in which a vehicle left the roadway

  • The Daily News story about the man who was killed as he leapt from his out-of-control truck says that he “was driving west along the Third Ave. Bridge”, despite the fact that that bridge goes north-south.

    (Side question: how does one subscribe to a thread without responding?)

  • Jonathan

    Look again, Manhattan bound traffic goes west south-west over that bridge. The skew of the street grid plays havoc with this kind of thing, the Manhattan Bridge for instance goes pretty much north-south.

  • Joe R.

    There’s a subscribe link in the lower left of the page which seems to work for me whether I post in a thread or not. You click on it and it toggles between off and on (picture below shows subscribe on).

  • Ah, of course. Duh on me. I think I probably knew that (but somehow forgot). Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Right, the Manhattan grid is not true to the cardinal directions. But there is the longstanding convention of speaking of the avenues as north-south and the streets as east-west; so you’d always be going “south” on Third Avenue even if, strictly speaking, you are travelling WSW. Calling it “west”, as the story did, struck me as very strange.

    The Queens grid isn’t true to the cardinal directions, either; in fact, it goes all kinds of ways in the various sections. But we still typically speak of going east or west on the avenues and north or south on the streets, regardless of the true heading.

    For instance, you always say that you’re headed “west” on Queens Blvd., even down in Jamaica where you’re actually going north. And this caused me trouble for the few months that I drove a livery cab when I was about 21.

    Having grown up near Jamaica, I had always experienced Queens Blvd. as a north-south street — after all, it originates at Jamaica Ave. at a right angle, crosses Hillside Ave. and Union Tpke. at right angles, and runs parallel to Austin St. in Forest Hills. So I would report my location as “going north on QB” or “going south on QB”, only to get screamed at by the dispacher.

    So, if we can insist that one travels only “east” or “west” on Queens Blvd., then we can also insist that one travels only “north” or “south” on Third Avenue.

  • I’ll sign that petition.

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