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.

A cyclist was struck and killed by a private ambulette driver on Irving Avenue in Bushwick. Photo: Google
A man in his sixties was biking at 37th Avenue and Parsons Boulevard in Flushing when a private ambulate driver struck and killed him. Image: Google Maps via Gothamist

Fatal Crashes (2 Killed This Week; 122 This Year*)

  • Flushing: Cyclist Struck by Ambulette Driver; No Charges (DNAGothamistNY1)
  • East Elmhurst: Motorcycle Passenger Killed When Driver Crashes on Grand Central Parkway (DNA)

Injuries, Arrests, and Property Damage

  • Bushwick: Cyclist Struck, Seriously Injured on Irving Avenue (DNA)
  • West Village: Van Driver Critically Injures 22-Year-Old Pedestrian; “No Criminality” (News, DNA)
  • Morris Heights: Five Injured, Including Child, in Cross Bronx Expressway Collision (Post)
  • Far Rockaway: Pedestrian Struck, Seriously Injured; CIS Requested (@NYScanner)
  • Maspeth: Four Injured in Two-Car Crash After Driver Runs Red Near Long Island Expressway (News)
  • East Flatbush: Ambulance Driver Carrying Patient Crashes Into Parked Cars, Flips (Post)
  • Dongan Hills: Driver Slams Through Restaurant Window Trying to Pull Into Parking Spot (Advance)**
  • South Williamsburg: Tractor Crashes Into House at Lee Avenue and Penn Street (@NYScanner)**
  • Stapleton: Two Extricated From Overturned Vehicle (Advance)
  • Park Slope: Driver Attacks Bus Driver With Broken Side View Mirror Following Collision (News)
  • Silver Lake: Off-Duty Firefighter Charged With DWI After Crashing Car Into Bus Stop (Advance)

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

  • Maggie

    Philosophical question. I get that the Weekly Carnage tracks motor vehicle violence across NYC. Is it appropriate to include Irv Schachter anyway? He died too soon, in traffic in the park.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Yes it is. If there is one fatality in a bicycle/pedestrian collision every five years, it shouldn’t be ignored. And the contributing factors should be considered.

    It will be interested to hear what the investigation shows. Unless Schachter jumped directly in front of the cyclist, I would guess that a contributing factor was speed.

    Article 30 – NY Vehicle and Traffic LawCommon Traffic Law
    S 1180. Basic rule and maximum limits.
    (a) No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.

    Any discussion of particular miles per hour follows. Having a bunch of pedestrians wandering about is a condition that requires less speed. I suspect this is about the need to accommodate those riding fast for exercise and training in a safe way.

  • Nathanael

    Keep it up. Reporting is a good first step.

    The next step is to organize some sort of “police force” for New York City to investigate these homicides. Since NYC evidently doesn’t have anything resembling a police force. 😉

  • jt

    But they’re all “accidents.” Why should police be involved in accidents. Accidents are totally random and inevitable, right?

  • Maggie

    I can see reasons for both sides. On the one hand, this is a tally of the toll from motor vehicles, so deaths from, say, Metro North trains don’t get listed here. On the other hand, this is incredibly rare, more so than many people think, and Streetsblog performs an incredibly valuable public service by tracking and advocating for progress towards safe streets.

    For me personally, I bike and run, and probably just like all of us, the risk of injury from other vehicles on the road is always my #1 safety concern, whether the vehicle is a car, bus, runaway hot dog cart, or once-in-years bicyclist. His life and death won’t be forgotten either way, but with the overall goal of supporting safe streets, I might lean towards listing these deaths when they occur.

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