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The Weekly Carnage

1:51 PM EDT on May 21, 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 (7 Killed This Week, 58 This Year, 8 Drivers Charged*)

    • Castleton Corners: Beata Kurpiewski, 59, Killed Walking 3-Year-Old Grandson to School; Investigation Ongoing; Media Wrongly Reports "Rule of Two" as Law (Advance 1, 2, News, NY1)
    • Bronx River Parkway: 2 Off-Duty Cops Killed in Crash Leaving Party; 4 Passengers Injured; Alcohol a Suspected Factor (NYT, News 1, 2, Post)
    • SI: SUV Slams Into DOT Truck on KVM Pkwy; Passenger Dies; Driver, Workers Hurt (NY1, Advance)
    • Drunk Driver Kills 2 Passengers at JFK (Post)
    • Flatbush: 1 Killed in May 9 Collision, Surviving Driver Arrested for Suspended License (YourNabe)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

    • Developing: 11 Kids Hurt in Upper East Side School Bus Crash (WINS)
    • UES: Truck Driver Hits 70-Year-Old, Severs Her Leg; No Criminal Charges (Streetsblog, NY1)
    • LES: Unidentified Cyclist Struck, Suffers Head Injuries; No Known Charges (DNAinfo)
    • Park Slope: Pedestrian Hit by EMTs Transporting Patient (Streetsblog, Brooklynian)
    • Related: Slate, Tom Vanderbilt Weigh Benefits and Dangers of Speed-Driven Emergency Response
    • Bensonhurst: Officer Seriously Hurt When Hit by Motorcycle During Foot Chase (News, Post, WCBS)
    • Manhattan: Cab Drivers Collide on Central Park's West Drive (Streetsblog)
    • Williamsbridge: Man Shot to Death After Car Chase, Crash (WINS)
    • Inwood: 78-Year-Old Driver Critical After Collision With Sanitation Truck (Manhattan Times)
    • Queens: Postal Worker Flips Truck on Van Wyck (Gothamist)
    • Grant City: Woman Caught Driving With BAC of .316 (Advance)
    • East Side: Hothead WPIX Reporter Assaults Ambassador's Chauffeur Over Parking Spot (News)
    • Bay Ridge: Driver Refuses to Move Illegally Parked Car, Throws Pizza at TEA (Gothamist)

Following Up

In the Region, Out of Town

    • Mineola: Curb-Jumping Driver Hits 4 Teens, Tries to Shake 2 Off Hood (Gothamist)
    • Newburgh: 3 Hurt in One-Car Rollover Crash on NYS Thruway (AP)
    • Ft. Lee, NJ: 1 Killed in George Washington Bridge Motorcycle Crash (AP)
    • Teaneck, NJ: Wrong-Way Crash Kills 1, Injures 2 (WINS)
    • Hartford, CT: 3 Killed, 1 Hurt When Driver Crashes Into Tree (WINS)
    • East Hartford, CT: Trooper Uses Cruiser to Stop I-84 Wrong-Way Driver (WINS)
    • Chesterfield, NJ: 3-Truck Collision Kills 1, Shuts 26 Miles of NJ Turnpike (WINS)
    • Chinese Cyclist Miraculously Avoids Death; See Voice Blog for Requisite Wordplay
    • 6 Cyclists Run Down on Quebec Highway; 3 Die (Montreal Gazette 1, 2, 3)
    • Miami, FL: Lawrence Taylor Sued Over 2009 Hit-and-Run (WINS)

Other News

    • TSTC: Manhattan and Brooklyn Most Dangerous for Senior Pedestrians (Streetsblog, MTR, Post)
    • Hayley and Diego's Law Clears Assembly Committee (Streetsblog)
    • "Elle's Law" Could Bring Jail Time for Drivers Who Injure While Committing Moving Violation (News)
    • Hybrids and Electric Cars Will Soon Chirp Through an Intersection Near You (Detroit News)
    • Engineers Hope "Car of the Future" Will Make Drivers Obsolete (Grand Rapids Press)

* Fatalities within the five boroughs. Information based on latest available reports.

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