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The Weekly Carnage

12:55 PM EDT on October 16, 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 (9 Killed This Week, 210 This Year*, 22 Drivers Charged**)

    • Manhattan: 11-Year-Old Dies When Drunk Mom Flips Car on Henry Hudson (News 1, 2, NYT 1, 2)
    • Related: Driver Carmen Huertas on Suicide Watch; Vic's Father Says Death Is Too Good (News)
    • Brooklyn: Drunk Driver Blows Red Light, Kills Chernobyl Survivor; Charged With Homicide (News, NYT)
    • Staten Island: Motorist Dies After Slamming Into Parked Backhoe (Advance)
    • Bethpage, LI: 1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Two-Car Crash; Police Look for Third Driver (Newsday)
    • Danbury, CT: Passenger Killed in DWI Crash; More Charges Expected for Driver (CT Post)
    • Raritan, NJ: Pedestrian Hit Attempting to Cross Suburban "Highway" (Hunterdon CD)
    • Fairfield, NJ: Pedestrian Hit by Truck Driver (NJLN)
    • Washington, NJ: Woman Killed After Driving Into Tree (NJLN)
    • Kingwood, NJ: Motorcyclist Riding With Friends Hits Guardrail (Hunterdon CD)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

    • Gothamist Newsmap: 8 Peds Struck in Last 7 Days, Including TEA (Gothamist 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    • Brooklyn: Mom Loses Control of Car While Parking, Plunges Into Sheepshead Bay (News, Advance)
    • Manhattan: Pedestrian Pinned Under Bus Prompts Post Lecture on "Jaywalking"
    • Manhattan: Driver Rolls Car on Inwood Street (Jewyorican)
    • Brooklyn: Bus Hits 6 Cars, Injuring 12; Driver Cites Stuck Accelerator (News)
    • Staten Island: SIE Crash Injures 1, Inconveniences Others (Advance)
    • Spring Valley, NY: Woman Hit, Seriously Hurt by Driver in Supermarket Parking Lot (LoHud)
    • Mount Pleasant, NY: Man Stopped for Doing 120 on Taconic Parkway (AP)
    • Hempstead, LI: Drunk Hit-and-Run Suspect Caught Changing Flat Tire (Newsday)
    • Hempstead, LI: Driver in DWI Bust Wanted for Murder in California (AP)
    • 10 DWI Arrests in Westchester, Putnam Counties Last Weekend (LoHud)
    • Greenport, LI: Cyclist Hit by Stop-Sign-Running Driver Airlifted to Hospital (Newsday)
    • Middle Island, LI: Drunk Driver Plows Into Outdoor Bar Patio, Seriously Injuring 2 (Newsday)
    • Suffolk Co.: Recidivist on Probation for Fatal Crash Caught Driving Without License (Newsday)
    • Nesconset, LI: Crash Leaves 2 Vehicles Overturned, Injures 3 (Newsday)
    • Newark: Suspects Fleeing Police Hit Second Cruiser (S-L)
    • Jersey City: Car-School Bus Collision Puts 10 in Hospital (Jersey Jrnl)
    • Elizabeth, NJ: Unlicensed Minivan Driver Hits Baby Stroller, Slams Into Store (S-L)
    • New Milford, CT: Road Worker Hit, Injured; Driver Flees Scene (CT Post)

Following Up

Out of Town

    • Ballston Spa, NY: Former Rep. John Sweeney Loses License for Refusing Sobriety Test (AP)
    • Pomfret, NY: Rental Truck Driver Tries to Skirt Train Crossing Gate; 3 Dead (AP)
    • Port St. Lucie, FL: Queens Woman Nabbed in 110-MPH Chase With Daughter in Van (News)
    • Tampa, FL: Mother, 2 Kids Hit Crossing Street (AP)
    • San Francisco: Cyclist Snaps, Posts Photo of Hit-and-Run Driver Plate (jwz)
    • Redwood City, CA: Dump Truck Driver Kills Cyclist; Claims No Knowledge of Crash (Sblog SF)
    • Springdale, AR: 22-Month-Old Killed by 12-Year-Old Brother Attempting to Move Minivan (AP)
    • Bismarck, ND: Truck Carrying ICBM Parts Crashes When Driver Distracted by Bug (AP)
    • Washington, DC: Emerging U.S. Soccer Star Charlie Davies Injured in Fatal Crash (News)
    • Pittsburgh, PA: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks Uninjured in Film Shoot Collision (Entertainment Daily)


    • New York, San Francisco Columnists Wage Anti-Pedestrian Offensive (Streetsblog NYC, SF)
    • For Some Idea of What Walking Is Like, "New York" Post Editors Should Watch This Streetfilm
    • Assembly Member Wants to Calm Broadway-Amsterdam "Bowtie" (Gothamist)
    • Gov. Paterson Lobbied for Street Safety Improvements (LIBN)
    • Paterson Seeks Penalties for Truckers Who Drive Where They Shouldn't (AP)
    • New Jersey Ped Fatalities Up 33 Percent; Advos Petition Corzine for Complete Streets (S-L, APP)
    • NJ State Troopers Will Target Tailgaters -- for Two Weeks (AP)
    • Why Is Traffic Enforcement Often Limited to "Special Occasions"? (Tulsa Examiner)
    • Study: Vigorous Ticketing Has Reduced Distracted Driving in D.C. (WaPo)

* 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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