The Weekly Carnage

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 (2 Killed This Week, 62 This Year, 9 Drivers Charged*)

  • Queens: Off-Duty Officer Crashes Motorcycle on Cross Island Parkway (NY1, WINS, News)
  • City Island: Man Killed When Speeding Motorcycle Hits SUV; Bridge Closure Causes Chaos (Post 1, 2)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Upper East Side: Collision Sends Car Onto Curb; 4 Hurt, Including Pedestrian (DNAinfo, WABC)
  • Lower East Side: Elderly Pedestrian Hit by Lucky Star Bus Driver (Gothamist)
  • East Harlem: 5 Cops Hurt in Collision of NYPD Cruiser and Van (NY1)
  • Crown Heights: City Bus Rear Ends Truck; 16 Hurt; Post Files Typically Flip Account
  • West Brighton: Teen Driver Hospitalized After Flipping SUV (NY1)
  • Concord, SI: Driver Arrested for Assaulting Off-Duty Cop; Stories Don’t Add Up (Advance 1, 2)
  • SI: Six DWI Arrests Over Memorial Day Weekend (Advance)
  • Flushing: Garage Explosion Seriously Injures Homeowner, 3 Others (NYT)

Following Up

In the Region, Out of Town

  • San Francisco: Police Looking for Man Who Intentionally Ran Down 4 Cyclists (Streetsblog SF 1, 2)
  • What’s the Diff Between a Reckless Driver and a Hero? Four Days in the Woods (News, Post)
  • Oyster Bay: Driver Being Chased by Police Kills Self, Passenger and Second Driver (News, Post)
  • Oceanside: Companion of Creep Who Killed Woman in Her Yard Charged With DUI (Post)
  • Long Island: 112 Arrested for DWI Over Memorial Day Weekend … (Gothamist)
  • … And “Real Housewives” Cast Member Was One of Them (Post)
  • New Milford, CT: Police Officer Killed While Cycling to Work (WINS)
  • Hartford, CT: Mayor’s Driver Hasn’t Had Valid License Since 2002 (WINS)
  • Elizabeth, NJ: Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Former Judge (NJLN)
  • Lakewood, NJ: Dad Forgets to Drop Infant at Day Care, Leaves Him in Car (WINS)
  • Park City, UT: Woman Hit While Walking Sues Google for Guiding Her to Dangerous Road (CNET)
  • Dallas, TX: Woman Sails Car Over Toll Plaza at DFW Airport, Charged With DWI (Newscore)
  • Exeter, CA: Former MLB Pitcher Jeriome Robertson Dies in Motorcycle Crash (FanHouse)
  • Indianapolis: Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka Involved in Motorcycle Crash (News)
  • English Cabbie Angry Over Lost Fares Goes on Shooting Spree; 13 Dead, 25 Injured (News)

Other News

  • Chuck Schumer Proposes Funding for In-Car Anti-DWI Tech (Advance)
  • New York Mag Says NYC Traffic Law Boils Down to “Don’t Die, Don’t Kill”
  • David Brooks Called Out for Baseless Claim That Dead Pedestrians Have It Coming (Newton Streets)
  • Jersey Drivers Endangered by High Grass (WINS)
  • Vietnamese Cartoonists Ink Traffic Safety PSAs (Viet Nam News)
  • Relying on Technology to Make Driving Safer Could Have Its Own Drawbacks (Forbes)
  • Drivers Apparently More Likely to Leave Children in a Hot Car Than Cellphones (Wheels, NYT)

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

  • Thanks for mentioning the kid-left-in-car issue. The hysteria and appeals to authority to “do something” quoted in the Times article are really something. Apparently not only do we Americans refuse to take responsibility for the noxious effects of our automobiles on the global scale, but we also refuse to take responsibility for the noxious effects of our automobiles on the family scale.

    Has a child ever died from being left in a bike trailer?

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