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The Weekly Carnage

2:40 PM EDT on April 9, 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 (1 Killed Since 3/26, 37 This Year, 7 Drivers Charged*)

    • Williamsbridge, Bronx: 40-Year-Old Pedestrian, Known as "Nevel," Killed Walking His Bike When Driver Jumps Curb, Pinning Him to Church on White Plains Road; Charges Unknown (Bronx News)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

    • Breaking: NYCDOT Employee Injured in Chelsea Work Zone by Hit-and-Run Driver
    • Crotona Park: Driver Runs Over Unidentified Pedestrian, Arrested for Leaving Scene (Post Blotter)
    • Upper East Side: Elderly Woman Hit by City Bus Driver; No Known Charges (NY1)
    • Midtown: Swiss Man Hits Pedestrian, Cab With Stolen Car (Post Blotter)
    • East Village: SUV Driver Jumps Curb; 5 Reported Hurt (Streetsblog)
    • Chelsea: Bike Messenger Chases Down, Attacks Limo Driver After Hit-and-Run (Post)
    • Clinton Hill: Pedestrian Assaulted by Driver Who Almost Ran Him Down (Bklyn Paper)
    • Brooklyn: Cop at BQE DWI Stop Hit by Second Drunk Driver, Breaking Both Legs (News, Post)
    • Laurelton: Women Steal Idling NYPD Cruiser During Traffic Stop (Gothamist)
    • Inwood: Traffic Agent Vehicle Shot by Perp Wielding Pellet Gun (WABC)
    • Crown Heights: Dollar Cab and City Bus Collide, Injuring 9 (NY1)
    • Cobble Hill: Two Crashes, Three Drivers, One Yellow Cab, One Car Into Building (Bklyn Eagle)
    • East Elmhurst: Driver Taking Friend With Gunshot Wound to Hospital Crashes Car (WABC)
    • Upper West Side: Facade of Parking Garage Wall Collapses; No Injuries Reported (City Room)

Following Up

    • Bronx: Memorial Ride, Ghost Bike Installation for Megan Charlop Scheduled for Saturday (BNN)
    • Related: Charlop Remembered as Indomitable Humanitarian (Norwood News 1, 2, WNYC)
    • Bronx: Loved Ones of Ana Estevez Honored by Effort to Improve Broadway Stretch (R'dale Press)
    • Brooklyn Hit-and-Run Victim Erinn Phelan Still Comatose, Moved to Boston Facility (News)
    • Brooklyn: Family of Vionique Valnord Sues NYPD, Alleging Cover-Up in DWI Death (Post, NY1)
    • SI: Reckless Driver Joseph Catrama to Serve 3 Months for Killing Nathan Pakow in '09 (Advance)
    • Manhattan: Cabbie Gets Probation for Criminally Negligent Homicide in '06 Crash (NYT, News, Post)
    • Related: Family of Victim Danielle Rico Says Killer Hassan Afzal Shows No Remorse (Advance)
    • Queens: Drunk Driver Who Killed 1 and Injured 3 in Separate '05 Hit-and-Runs Gets 21 Years (YN)

In the Region, Out of Town

    • Mount Pleasant: NYPD Officer Dies in One-Car Crash on Suburban Route 9 (News)
    • Bethpage: Mother, 11-Year-Old Daughter Killed in Multi-Vehicle Collision (AP)
    • Jersey City: Couple Slain in Apparent Botched Carjacking (Post, WABC)
    • Manchester: 17 Injured in Chain-Reaction Crash on Thruway (AP)
    • Mount Vernon: Unlicensed, Speeding Driver Lands on Train Tracks After Cyclist Near-Miss (WINS)
    • Rockville Center: MTA Bus Driver Assaults Supervisor Who Caught Him on Cell Phone (Gothamist)
    • LI: Pot-Smoking Driver Arrested on Meadowbrook State Parkway (Gothamist)
    • Yonkers: Man, 77, Ignores Barricades, Drives Into Flood Waters (WABC)
    • South Hadley, MA: Brooklynites' Nearly Fatal Drunken Joyride All in Good Fun (News)
    • Miami, FL: Cyclist Killer Carlos Bertonatti Sped From Scene at 80 MPH (New Times)

Other News

    • New York City Transit to Bus-Dodging Pedestrians: Cross With Caution (Streetsblog)
    • New Jersey, One of America's Worst Places to Walk, to Require Full Stop for Peds (Inquirer via HWD)
    • Feds Want $16M From Toyota for Failing to Report Accelerator Defect (NYT)
    • Related: Hype Over Sticky Pedals Belies More Common Vehicle Problems (NYT)
    • At Least Three Tata Nanos Have Burst Into Flames (Wheels)
    • IIHS: Motorcycle Training Doesn't Deter Riders From Risky Behavior (Wheels)
    • Drinking and Driving: How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? (NYT)

* Based on latest available reports

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