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The Weekly Carnage

1:05 PM EDT on June 26, 2009

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

Fatal Crashes (17 Killed This Week,37 Killed This Year*, 6 Drivers Charged**)

    • Staten Island: Hylan Boulevard Collision Leaves Motorcyclist Dead (SI Advance)
    • Queens: Man Dies, Fiancée in Coma After Cab Rear-Ends Truck; Driver Not Charged (News)
    • Newark: Fleeing Burglary Suspects Crash, Killing Another Driver; Police Deny Pursuit (WPIX)
    • Wading River, LI: Renowned Professor, Wife Killed in Collision With Drunk Driver (Newsday1, 2)
    • Eastport, LI: Off-Duty Officer Slams Ferrari Into Tree, Killing Himself and Passenger (Newsday)
    • Related: Driver "Borrowed" Ferrari Without Permission (Newsday)
    • Islandia, LI: Off-Duty Officer Flips Car on LIE; Onlookers Crash Gawking at Scene (Newsday 1, 2)
    • Yaphank, LI: Motorcyclist Killed in Collision With Tractor-Trailer (Newsday)
    • Wheatley Heights, LI: Man Held for DWI After Wreck That Killed 1, Injured 1 (Newsday)
    • North Wantagh, LI: Man Dies After Crashing Into Overpass (Newsday)
    • Greenwich, CT: I-95 Motorcyclist Hits Truck, Run Over Twice (CT Post)
    • Ansonia, CT: Elderly Woman Struck in Driveway Dies; Investigation Continues (CT Post)
    • Congers, NY: Motorcyclist Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash (LoHud)
    • Sloatsburg, NY: Woman Hit by SUV at I-87 Rest Stop (LoHud)
    • Le Roy, NY: Two Dead in Three-Vehicle Collision (Newsday)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

    • Manhattan: Cyclist Charged for Slapping SUV of Driver He Feared Would Run Him Over (Streetsblog)
    • Manhattan: Driver Shot in the Head, Crashes SUV Into East Harlem Bar (News)
    • RFK/Triborough Bridge: Car Carrying Mets' Jose Reyes Rear-Ended by Fire Truck (Post)
    • Yonkers: Child Hit, Suffers "Slight" Injuries (LoHud)
    • New Cassel, LI: Driver Sought in Hit-and-Run of Seven-Year-Old Pedestrian (Newsday)
    • Coram, LI: Van Carrying Woman in Labor Crashes En Route to Hospital (Newsday)
    • Mahopac, NY: Man Reaching for Cell Phone Hits Oncoming Truck (LoHud)
    • Oswegatchie, NY: Truck Driver Crashes After Wild Turkey Flies Into Cab (Newsday)

Following Up

    • Lawsuit Filed in 2007 Manhattan Pedicab Crash (Post)
    • Southeast, NY: Officials Said to Exploit Peds Killed by Immigrant Driver for Political Gain (LoHud)
    • Related: Town Supervisor Accused of Causing Crash, Leaving Scene (LoHud)
    • Ridge, LI: Woman Charged for 2008 Crash That Killed 2, Plus Her Then-Unborn Child (Newsday)
    • Stamford: Man Sentenced to Four Years for DWI Cyclist Killing; Victim's Family Outraged (CT Post)
    • Milford, CT: Search Warrants Issued in Fatal Collision Involving On-Duty Cop (CT Post)
    • Hartford: Trucking Company Owner Gets Six Years for Crash That Killed 4 (Newsday)
    • Stamford: Manslaughter Conviction Overturned for DWI Driver Who Killed 3 (CT Post)
    • Bridgeport: Woman Gets "Harsh" Eight-Year Term After Third DUI, Maiming Another Driver (CT Post)
    • Enfield, CT: Body of Driver in April Crash Discovered (CT Post)
    • Buffalo: Man Indicted for Killing Pedestrian With Snowplow (Newsday)

Out of Town

    • Philadelphia: Cab Driver Plows Into Crowd; Pedestrian Loses Legs, Cyclist Critical (WPVI)
    • Angola, IN: Wife of PGA Golfer Chris Smith Killed, Kids Injured in SUV-Bus Collision (Journal Gazette)
    • Atlanta: Bike Shop Owner Injured by Driver, Ignored by Bystanders, Blamed by Cops (ABC)
    • London: San Francisco Man Pleads Guilty in Deadly Wrong-Way Crash (Newsday)
    • Little Rock, AR: Three Teens Killed When Moped Hits Truck (Newsday)
    • Miami Beach: "ShamWow" Pitch Man in Head-On Collision (Post)


    • Caltrans Held Liable for Road Design After Speeding Kid Kills Passenger (Newsday)
    • What If Auto Fatalities Got as Much Attention as Train Crashes? (Yglesias)
    • Texting While Driving Worse Than Driving Drunk (Hard Drive)

* Since the week of June 8
** Drivers charged for deaths since the week of June 8, based on latest available reports

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