NYPD: Not Even a Ticket for Truck Driver Who Killed LES Pedestrian

We have more details on the August 9 crash that killed a pedestrian on the Lower East Side, though many of them conflict with information previously provided by NYPD.

Memorial for "Lorii," run down by a truck driver who "had the right of way," according to NYPD. Photo: Bowery Boogie

According to a witness account first published by Bowery Boogie, the victim was crossing Allen Street at Stanton Street at around 10 p.m. when she was struck by the driver of a truck who stepped on the accelerator the instant the light turned. NYPD told Gothamist the woman died at Bellevue Hospital on August 11. According to Gothamist, NYPD also said that the Accident Investigation Squad did not investigate the crash.

When Streetsblog first contacted NYPD, the department’s public information office said it had no information on the collision. “We’re not going to have anything unless there’s criminality suspected,” a spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for City Council Member Margaret Chin told Streetsblog today that, according to the 7th Precinct, the department’s Accident Investigation Squad was dispatched to the scene. The precinct said the vehicle involved was a truck, but not a garbage truck or a city vehicle, according to the spokesperson.

The police report said the driver “had the right of way” — had the light — remained at the scene, and had not been drinking, the spokesperson said. No summonses were issued.

An officer at the precinct said police “did not believe the driver was acting to purposefully hit the victim and determined this to be a genuine accident,” the spokesperson said. This is largely immaterial, of course, since state law requires all drivers to operate with due care to avoid hitting pedestrians and cyclists. Nevertheless, only about half of New York City motorists who kill vulnerable street users are cited for careless driving, while those who injure are virtually never ticketed. Unless a motorist is under the influence, and the evidence holds up in court, criminal charges against drivers who maim and kill are extremely rare. Drivers who take a life can expect to retain or regain their driving privileges, even in cases involving alcohol or drugs.

How the driver in this case failed to see a person in the street directly in front of the vehicle before hitting the gas remains an open question.

Attempts by Streetsblog and others to ascertain the victim’s identity have been unsuccessful. An NYPD spokesperson said today that, since the victim did not die at the scene, such information is not readily available to the public information office. The 7th Precinct told Chin’s office it did not know the victim’s age or race. An update posted today by Bowery Boogie reads:

The victim reportedly lived on the fourteenth floor of the Hernandez Houses at 189 Allen Street, where one of her neighbors knew her simply as Lorii. We are told that she was in her late-thirties or early-forties. Not much else is known at this time, other than there’s a “collection for her because no family member has come forward.”

Chin’s office did not have enough information about the crash or the investigation to provide a statement on NYPD’s findings, according to her spokesperson.

  • Did NYPD ask the driver or anyone else how fast the truck was going at the time of collision?  Were skid marks measured?  We keep hearing about AIS cases in which such basic matters are left uninvestigated; is this another one?

  • Max Power

    So, if someone is “blocking the box” with his car, and I ram him with my truck, it’s the other guy’s fault?

  • Ben Kintisch

    Bicycles Only – you can safely assume that no adequate investigation occurred. That’s the pattern that NYPD has demonstrated one tragedy after another.

  • So the person was jaywalking?

  • I rescind my previous comment. Sorry about that

  • rogerbono

    That was only a two lane cross walk on Allen St. going north. A very short distance, Turning cause he had the light is no excuse at all. When the light turns Green The pedestrian has the right of way. 

    BTW: I knew her very well, her name was Lori, that’s all I’ll say. A very Vivacious lovely hard working individual. 

    I’m still not over this. I don’t think I ever will be. 

    “Lori RIP”. Roger will never forget you and how you helped me alot. “I’ll be seeing you later”. My dear. When my time is up. You meant alot to me. So long for now! 

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  • Mikal Tetrealt

    I know her since she was a kid she had 2 brothers steven and jodie renchan she was from cf ri 02863 her mom past away a while ago her younger brother jodie committed suiside at 18 years of age and her brother steven lived last in white fish montana i cant seem to find him now ….but lori was kinda a rebel left when the family kinda started falling apart its very sad story they were all my good friend s its very said to hear i saw lori about 20 years ago visiting steve when he lived in central falls ri still they have a uncle luke renchan still hes married and lives in pawtucket rhode island rt now …lori kind left and moved to new york and became involved in bad stuff but she still was family to me i will miss her …i just found out about this story and looked this blog up …its crazy how cops dont care for this story …but i do….

  • Mikal Tetrealt

    Roger ? Did u know lori??get ahold of me please id like to ask about her


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