The Weekly Carnage

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 (6 Killed This Week, 155 This Year*, 15 Drivers Charged**)

  • Brooklyn: Man Crushed to Death Changing Oil of SUV (AP)
  • Staten Island: Driver Dead in Two-Car Crash (Advance)
  • Cortlandt, NY: 1 Killed After Driver Crosses Center Line (LoHud)
  • Hauppauge, LI: Pickup-Car Collision Leaves 1 Driver Dead (Newsday)
  • Jackson Twp, NJ: Three Pedestrians, Including 2 Kids, Struck; 1 Dead (Star-Ledger)
  • Cranford, NJ: Man Jumps to His Death Following Crash (Star-Ledger 1, 2)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Brooklyn: Food Delivery Man Seriously Hurt When FDNY Cruiser Hits Scooter (News, News)
  • Manhattan: Unidentified Cyclist Suffers Injury Involving Parked SUV (Streetsblog)
  • Staten Island: 3-4 Injured, Including Child, When School Bus and SUV Collide (News, 1010 WINS)
  • Staten Island: Teen Cab Driver Crashes, Narrowly Avoiding Peds; Advance Is Glad He’s Okay
  • Related: Dispatcher Blames Pedestrians for Being in the Way (Advance)
  • Staten Island: Car Crashes Into Restaurant; No Injuries Reported (Advance)
  • Staten Island: Drunk Driver Hits 2 Cars, Punches Cop (Advance)
  • Queens: Man Hit By Speeding NYPD Officer, Hospitalized in August Collision (News)
  • Yonkers: Woman Charged With Rage Assault on Driver (LoHud)
  • Yonkers: Two Seriously Injured in One-Car Crash (LoHud)
  • Yorktown, NY: Drunk Bronx Livery Driver Stopped Going Wrong Way on Taconic (AP, LoHud)
  • Carmel, NY: Police Look for Suspects in Hit-and-Run That Followed Argument (LoHud)
  • Southampton, LI: Town Supervisor Arrested for DWI (Newsday)
  • East Moriches, LI: Drunk Driver Catapults SUV Into House (News, Newsday)
  • Melville, LI: Out-of-Control Driver Hits Cars, Pinning Woman to Building (Newsday)
  • Babylon, LI: Driver Hits 70-Year-Old on Morning Walk; Authorities Probe Rest Home (Newsday)
  • Brentwood, LI: Man Plows Into 4 Parked Cars, Injuring 3; Charged With DWI (Newsday)
  • Bridgeport, CT: Witnesses Render Aid After Horrendous Two-Car Crash (CT Post)
  • Newark: Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves Pedestrian Critical (Star-Ledger)
  • Jersey City: Motorcyclist Stable After Collision With Suspected Drugged Driver (Jersey Jrnl)
  • Hillside, NJ: Unlicensed Woman Hits Curb, Pole, Flips Car (NJ.com)
  • Jersey City Pedestrian Run Down in Street; Jersey Jrnl Finds the Funny

Following Up

  • Queens: Driver Gets 3.5-Year Minimum Prison Term for Killing Two Women in 2008 (Post, News)
  • Westchester: Squabbling Over Diane Schuler Crash Continues (1010 WINS)
  • Toms River, NJ: “American Idol” Ped Victim Was Drunk; Won’t Affect Charges (Star-Ledger, AP)
  • Trenton, NJ: Unlicensed Driver Indicted in Crash That Killed Unlicensed Motorcyclist (Times)
  • Norwalk, CT: Accused Drunk Driver Pleads Not Guilty in Motorcyclist Death (CT Post)

Out of Town

  • Westport, NY: Brooklyn Woman Killed When Husband Flips Minivan (NC Gazette)
  • Concord, VT: Three Drivers From Same Family in Four-Car Crash (AP)
  • Brompton, AL: Man Wrecks Car, Jumps From Bridge to Avoid Car in Second Crash (AP)
  • Fairbanks, AK: Argument at Bar Leads to Woman Being Shoved From Moving Car (AP)
  • Clayton Co., GA: Fleeing Police, Solicitation Suspect Kills Mother and Daughter (WSB)
  • Dallas, TX: Mom Hits, Kills 3-Year-Old Son as He Rides Bike Outside His House (AP)
  • Salt Lake City, UT: Boy, 5, Killed During Family Hay Ride (AP)
  • Fredericksburg, IA: Go-Kart Collides With Pickup; 2 Teens Dead (AP)
  • Hopkinton, MA: 1 Dead, 2 Hurt When Motorcycles Crash During 9/11 Memorial Ride (AP)
  • Chester, SC: Truck Driver With “Bald Tires” and “Bad Brakes” Cleared for Killing 2 Kids (AP)
  • Adelaide, Australia: Professional Cyclist Sentenced for Running Down Fellow Rider (AP)
  • Beijing: Drunk Driver Who Killed 4 Avoids Death Penalty; Gets Life in Prison (AP)
  • Monroe, GA: Trumpet Player Fred Mills Killed in Crash (AP)
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL: New Evidence Delays DWI Death Trial of Former Yankee Jim Leyritz (News)

Trends

  • NYC Road Deaths, Pedestrian Fatalities Rose in 2008 (Post)
  • Post’s Phil Mushnick Says Corzine and Christie Should Answer for Driving Records
  • Suffolk Pols Question Whether Cams Should Target Rolling Stops (Newsday)
  • Suffolk Police Focus on Drivers Near Schools, Buses (Newsday)
  • DC Artist Responds to City-Removed Ghost Bike With 22 More (WashCycle)
  • New NTSB Chief Orders Staff Not to Use Phones While Driving (CNN)
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted (NYT)
  • Public Menace With Three Dozen Tickets Dons Monkey Mask to Evade Traffic Cams (AZ Republic)

* 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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