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The Weekly Carnage

3:18 PM EST on January 18, 2013

The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle violence 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 This Week, 10 This Year; 0 Drivers Charged*)

    • Ridgewood: Puran Thapa, 7, Killed by SUV Driver; “No Criminality Suspected” (Streetsblog, Post 12DNA)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

    • Bushwick: Cyclist Critically Injured By Hit-and-Run Driver (News, Gothamist)
    • Brooklyn Heights: Driver Leaves Pedestrian in Critical Condition After Pinning Him Against Wall (DNABHBNBC)
    • Harlem: Pedestrian Struck, Injured by Driver; NYPD AIS Notified (@NYScanner)
    • Forest Hills: Off-Duty Police Officer Arrested for DWI, Leaving the Scene (TimesLedger)
    • Williamsburg Bridge: Car Flips in Three-Vehicle Crash (Animal NY)
    • Flushing: Driver Hits Pedestrian, Cops Tell Pedestrians to Use Crosswalks (TimesLedger)
    • South Bronx/Brooklyn: Cops Lift Cab Off Pedestrian; SUV Driver Jumps Curb, Hits Woman Waiting at Bus Stop** (Post)
    • Bed-Stuy: Driver Hits Cyclist, Punches Him, Flees; Charged With Assault and Leaving the Scene (Post)
    • Glen Oaks: SUV Driver Hits Pedestrian, 87, Kills His Dog; Driver: “They Came Out of Nowhere” (Post)
    • East Flatbush: Three Drivers Flee Scene After Injuring Allegedly Drunk Pedestrian on Nostrand Avenue (Post)
    • West Farms: School Bus Carrying at Least a Dozen Students Rear-Ended (DNA)
    • Williamsburg: Driver Attempts to Run Down Traffic Agent Who Issued Him a Summons (Post Blotter)
    • Castleton Corners: Drunk Driver With Suspended License Speeds Wrong Way Before Slamming Into Police Cruiser (Post Blotter)
    • Travis: Driver Arrested in Early January for DWI Busted Again (Post Blotter)

In the Region, Out of Town

    • Somerset , NJ: Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide in Head-On Crash; May Have Been Drinking (
    • Yonkers/New Rochelle, NY: In Separate Incidents, Two Wrong-Way Drivers on Highway Stopped by Police (LoHud)
    • Schroon, NY: West Nyack Driver Sentenced to Up to Four Years for Leaving Scene of Fatal Crash (LoHud)
    • Huntington, NY: LI Drunk Driver Who Crashed Parents' Car Into Home Sentenced to One-and-Half Years; Lawyer Blames "Hipster Girlfriend" (Post)
    • Cantonment, FL: Dog Kills Man After Hitting Accelerator, Causing Van to Run Him Over (News)

Other News

    • Safety Fixes Near NYC Schools Reduced Kids’ Traffic Injuries By a Third (Streetsblog)
    • Staten Island Campaign Distributing Yard Signs Reminding Drivers to Slow Down (Advance)
    • New York AAA Guy: If Drivers Broke the Law, There’d Be Carnage (Streetsblog)
    • Tennessee Safety Officials Call 1,019 Traffic Fatalities -- Up 9 Percent from 2011 -- "Unacceptable" (Tennessean)

*Based on latest available reports
**Incident in which a vehicle left the roadway

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