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.

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Fatal Crashes (11 Killed This Week, 201 This Year*, 20 Drivers Charged**)

  • Manhattan: Elderly Harlem Man Hit by NYPD Cruiser (Post, News, NY1)
  • Queens: Teen Pedestrians Struck by SUV Driver; 1 Dead, 1 Critical; “No Criminality Suspected” (AP)
  • Queens: Livery Driver Crushed Changing Flat Tire (News)
  • Kent, NY: Motorcyclists Hit Pick-up; 1 Dead (LoHud)
  • Greenwich, CT: Motorcyclist Killed in Car Collision (CT Post)
  • Livingston, NJ: Mother, Daughter Struck in Crosswalk; 1 Dead (Star-Ledger, The Local)
  • Summit, NJ: Woman Walking Dog Hit by Livery Driver (Indy Press)
  • Elizabeth, NJ: Teen Pedestrian Struck (Star-Ledger)
  • Parsippany, NJ: New York Post Employee Rear-Ends Tractor-Trailer, Killed (NJLN)
  • Wall, NJ: Man Killed in Collision With Unlicensed Hit-and Run Driver (Star-Ledger)
  • Hopewell, NJ: Driver Killed in One-Car Crash (Times)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Queens: 17-Year-Old Plows Into Bus Stop, Injures 6, Instantly Pardoned by NYPD (Streetsblog)
  • Manhattan: Yellow Cabbie, Pedicabbie in Midtown Street Brawl (Streetsblog)
  • Brooklyn: Serious Two-Car Collision at Grand Army Plaza (B’stoner)
  • Staten Island: Unlicensed Drunk Driver Crashes Into 3 Cars, Injuring 2 (Advance)
  • Staten Island: Dead Deer Spotted on SIE (Advance)
  • Yonkers: Corrections Officer Charged With DWI, Fired After Collision With Firefighter (LoHud)
  • Yonkers: “Wandering” Truck Driver Hits Bronx River Parkway Overpass (LoHud)
  • Scarsdale: Police Look for Driver in Cyclist Hit-and-Run (LoHud)
  • Hoboken: Elderly Woman Hit by Delivery Van Driver (Jersey Jrnl)
  • Holtsville, LI: Man Critical After Slamming Into Police Cruiser; Charged With DWI (Newsday)
  • New Hyde Park, LI: Drunk Father Drives Onto Sidewalk of Son’s School (Newsday)
  • Stamford, CT: Man Arrested When 11-Year-Old Son Crashes Idling Car (CT Post)
  • Danbury, CT: Passenger Seriously Injured in One-Car DWI Crash (CT Post)
  • Jackson, NJ: Pick-up Driver Rear-Ends School Bus, Injuring 6 (Star-Ledger)
  • Somerville, NJ: Hit-and-Run Leads to Drug Arrest (Somerset Reporter)

Following Up

  • Brooklyn: Grand Jury Opens Investigation Into Cop Killing of Vionique Valnord (Bklyn Eagle, Post)
  • Related: Family in Anguish; Media Obsesses Over Whether Andrew Kelly Gave CPR (Gothamist 1, 2)
  • Related: Fellow Ped-Killing Cop Offers Advice, Empathy From Jail (Post)
  • Queens: Friends Memorialize James Langergaard With Queens Blvd. Ghost Bike (News, Post)
  • Staten Island: Man Pleads Guilty in NYPD Chase Crash That Killed Husband and Wife (Advance)
  • Staten Island: City Settles With Owner of Car Damaged by Fire Truck (Advance)
  • Schuler Taconic Crash Attorney Works the Media, Family Calls for Grand Jury (Post, Newsday)
  • New Haven: 2 Sentenced for Leaving Companion to Die After Motorcycle Crash (CT Post)

Out of Town

  • Green Valley, AZ: Motorist Takes Plea in Cyclist Death, Fined $254 (Tuscon Bike Lawyer)
  • Cambridge, MA: Lawmaker With 2 DWI Convictions Flees Scene of Latest Crash (AP)
  • Lanham, MD: Unlicensed Driver Getting Lesson From Unlicensed Driver Crashes Into Apartment (AP)
  • Ephrata, WA: Woman Reaching for Phone Crashes, Killing 6-Year-Old Daughter (AP)
  • Marin County, CA: Woman Accused of Using 13-Year-Old Son as Designated Driver (SF Chron)
  • Talladega, AL: Fences to Be Heightened After NASCAR Crash Injures Fans (AP)
  • Hereford, MS: Baltimore Sun Editor Killed in Collision With UPS Truck (AP)
  • Paramus, NJ: Hip-Hop Producer Charged After Fatal Parking Lot Hit-and-Run (AP)
  • Beverly Hills, CA: Nicole Richie Injured in Collision With Unlicensed Paparazzi (Post)
  • Los Angeles: Mel Gibson’s Anti-Semitic DWI Episode Expunged (Post)

Trends

  • Pedestrians and Cyclists Now Make Up Nearly Two-Thirds of City Traffic Fatalities (MTR)
  • Fearing for Kids’ Lives, SI Residents Turn to Homemade Speed Bumps (Advance, NY1)
  • Car Makers Use “Smart” Gas Pedals to Curb Unintended Acceleration (Wheels)
  • Fleeing the Scene Pays for Drunken California Drivers (BikingInLA)
  • Can Laws and Technology Save Us From TWD? (News, NYT)

* 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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