The Weekly Carnage

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 (6 Killed This Week, 16 This Year; 0 Drivers Charged*)

  • Midwood: Sara Kischik, 15, Killed By Van Driver; No Charges Expected (Streetsblog, News)
  • Canarsie: Woman Fatally Struck By Stop Sign-Running Bus Driver Near 105th Street; “No Criminality” (DNA, Gothamist)
  • Chelsea: Thomas Berry, 66, Killed By Garbage Truck Driver While Crossing Street; “No Criminality” (GothamistPostDNA)
  • Gramercy: Mir Hossain, 35, Standing in Front of Cab, Killed By Speeding SUV Driver (Streetsblog)
  • Glen Oaks: 82-Year-Old Pedestrian Struck on Union Turnpike (Post)
  • Ozone Park: Winston Joseph, 61, Loses Control of Car, Slams Into Tree (DNA)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • East Village: SUV Taxi Driver Strikes Elderly Pedestrian, Throws Her Five Feet (DNA, News)
  • East Elmhurst: Driver Hits Pedestrian, Leaves Him in Critical Condition; AIS Dispatched (Post, @NYScanner)
  • Borough Park: Woman Struck, Critically Injured By Driver; AIS Dispatched; No Criminality Suspected (DNA, @NYScanner)
  • Ozone Park: FDNY Ambulance Crashes With Car, Slams Into Home; Three Injured (YeshivaWorld)**
  • Shore Acres: Driver Leads 70 MPH Chase After Cops Pull Her Over, Narrowly Misses Pedestrians (Post Blotter)
  • Bushwick: Crash Leaves One Person Pinned (@NYScanner)
  • Westerleigh: Driver, Intending to Back Out of Parking Space, Slams Into Storefront (DNA)**
  • Midwood: Traffic Agent Struck, Transported by EMS (@NYScanner)
  • Norwood: Off-Duty Cop Charged With DWI After Crashing Into Street Sign, Refusing Breathalyzer (DNA)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Union Twp: Police Seeking Driver Who Fatally Ran Down 76-Year-Old Pedestrian Crossing the Street (Star-Ledger)
  • Central Islip, NY: Driver, Passenger Killed in LIRR Crash After Ignoring Train Signal (Post)
  • Sloatsburg, NY: Driver Goes Nine Miles Wrong Way, Kills Wife in Head-On Crash; No Charges (LoHud)
  • Bethlehem, PA: Jets Coach Rex Ryan Blows Red, Causes Three-Car Crash (WSJ)

Following Up, Other News

  • Drunk Driver Who Killed Queens Highway Worker Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, Avoids 15-Year Prison Sentence (Post)
  • Admitted “Buzzed” Driver Dodges Prison Sentence for Crash That Killed Pregnant Passenger, Injured Others (Post)
  • LI Cement Truck Driver Charged With Manslaughter for Crash Into Underpass That Killed School Bus Driver (Post)
  • Traffic Calming Moves Ahead for Deadly Borinquen Place (Bklyn Paper)
  • Preliminary NYPD Counts Show 279 NYC Traffic Fatalities in 2012 (TransNat)
  • NYPD: 1,500 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 17 Killed in Traffic in December (Streetsblog)

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


State Senator Jessica Ramos, in happier times. File photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr.

Friday’s Headlines: It’s Jessica Ramos Day

The Times dropped a mostly favorable profile of the state senator at roughly the same time we dropped a big story on open streets that quoted her as being less supportive of a permanent, 24-7 greenspace for park-starved Jackson Heights than she had been in the past. Plus other news.