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The Weekly Carnage

2:00 PM EST on March 12, 2010

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

Fatal Crashes (3 Killed This Week, 30 This Year, 6 Drivers Charged*)

    • Sung Won Cho, 40, Killed by Driver in Church Parking Lot in Gravesend; Four Others Injured, Including Baby and 10-Year-Old; No Charges (NYT, News, Post, NY1)
    • Natalie Assee, 37, Killed in Dyker Heights Hit-and-Run; Suspect at Large (YN, Post, Related: Streetsblog)
    • Keon Nedd, 17, Killed Outside Soundview Home by Hit-and-Run Driver of Stolen Car; Suspects at Large (News, City Room)
carnage_truckpole2.jpgPhoto: YourNabe

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

    • Chelsea: Cyclist Locking Up Bike Hit by Towed Truck, Breaking Both Legs; No Known Charges (NY1)
    • West Brighton: Two Pedestrians Hit; No Known Charges (Advance)
    • Midtown: Horse Carriage Operator Found Drinking on the Job (Post)
    • Marine Park: Two Injured in One-Vehicle Collision With Light Pole (YN)
    • Bronx: NJ Corrections Officer Charged With DWI in Crash on Sheridan Expressway (YN Blotter)
    • SI: Driver Flips Car, Charged With DWI; Drunk Driver Hits Parked Cars (Advance)
    • SI: Four More Arrested for DWI Last Weekend (Advance)

Following Up

    • NYPD Denies Requests for Info in "Blameless" Crash Cases (Streetsblog)
    • Driver Charged, Pleads Not Guilty to Leaving Scene of Phelan Hit-and-Run (News, Post, NYT, NY1 1, 2)
    • Witness to Karen Schmeer Crash Says NYPD Account Doesn't Add Up (City Room)
    • SI: Raging Lunatic Who Shot Pedestrian in 2009 Gets Five Years (Advance)
    • Riverdale Resident: It Doesn't Take a Study to See What Makes Broadway Unsafe (R'dale Press)
    • DWI Case Against Adam Clayton Powell IV Unresolved Two Years Following Arrest (NYT)
    • Civil Suit Filed in 2007 DWI Death of Former Pataki Aide (Advance)

In the Region, Out of Town

    • Falls Church, VA: Harry Reid's Wife and Daughter Injured in Rear-End Collision (AP)
    • Harrison, NY: Housekeeper Smashes Prius Into Wall, Owner Blames Toyota (Gothamist, News)
    • Related: Experts Say Acceleration Problems Likely Amplified by Driver Error, Mass Hysteria (NYT, AP)
    • Edison, NJ: Former Staten Island Bishop Dies of Injuries From January Crash (Advance)
    • Los Angeles: Tom Cruise Hurt in Motorcycle Wreck (News)
    • Moscow: Fatal Collision Involving Lukoil Exec Sparks Outrage Over Above-the-Law Drivers (AP)
UEScrash.jpgImage: Transportation Alternatives

Other News

    • TA: Improvements Needed for East Side's Most Dangerous Intersections (Our Town)
    • Parents Lobby DOT for Pedestrian Light at Deadly Brooklyn Museum Interchange (News)
    • News: Cops With a History of Drunk Driving Are Welcome at NYPD
    • Related: Detective Who Injured 2 in DWI Crash Retires With Full Pension, Has No Regrets (News)
    • Judge Upholds Jersey Teen-Driver Decal, Declares Driving a "Privilege" (S-L)
    • NHTSA Considering Data Recorder Requirement for All Autos (NYT)
    • California Window Tint Mandate Under Fire for Blocking Electronic Signals (Detroit News)
    • First Responders Not Immune to Dangers of Distracted Driving (NYT)
    • Driver on iPhone "Speed Trap" App: "It's Like a Game." (WRAL)
    • Mobile Billboard Seller Doesn't Know If Her Product Is Legal, But Puts It on the Roads Anyway (MPR)

* Based on latest available reports

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