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 (5 Killed This Week, 42 This Year; 1 Driver Charged*)

  • Oakland Gardens: 55-Year-Old Woman Killed By MTA Bus Driver Making a Left Turn (DNA)
  • Williamsburg: Raizy and Nathan Glauber, 21, Killed in Livery Cab By Hit-and-Run Driver; Suspect Julio Acevedo to be Charged with Homicide  (PostWSJDNA, News 12)
  • Related: Acevedo Defense, NYPD Spokesman Claim Crash Was “Accident” (AP)
  • Borough Park: Pedestrian Struck, Pinned Under Vehicle; AIS Dispatched (@NYScanner)
  • Bed-Stuy: Kenneth Dalrymple, 38, Crashes Into Stanchion on Atlantic Ave. (Patch)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Midtown: Driver Crashes Into Deli, Seriously Injured Man Standing on Sidewalk (Post)**
  • Fordham Heights: 61-Year-Old Pedestrian Left in Critical Condition By Hit-and-Run Driver (Post)
  • Forest Hills: Teen Driver, Fleeing First Crash, Smashes Into Day-Care Center (Post)**
  • Morningside Heights: Man on Scooter Struck By Cab Driver, Seriously Injured; AIS Requested (@NYScanner)
  • Castleton Corners: Driver Pinned in Car, Injured Following Crash (Advance)
  • Glendale: Minivan Bursts Into Flames After Driver Slams Through Brick Wall (Times Ledger)**
  • Oakland Gardens: Pedestrian Struck, in Serious Condition; AIS Requested (@NYScanner)
  • Carroll Gardens: Drunk Driver Arrested After Speeding Wrong Way, Nearly Hitting Police Cruiser (Post Blotter)
  • Elm Park: Man Driving With Door Swung Open Arrested After Breathalyzer Showed BAC Twice the Legal Limit (Post Blotter)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Haddon Twp, NJ: Police Searching for Hit-and-Run Driver Who Fatally Struck 67-Year-Old Pedestrian (So. Jersey Times)
  • Bayonne, NJ: Drunk Driver Involved in Three Crashes Within 30 Minutes (Jersey Journal)
  • Patchogue, NY: Police Officer Injured in Rear-End Crash While Investigating Prior Crash (Post)
  • Georgetown, MA: Bus Carrying University of Maine Basketball Team Crashes on Highway, Seriously Injuring Driver (AP)

Following Up, Other News

  • Amar Diarrassouba Is Buried; Erik Mayor’s Victim-Blaming Gets Attention (Post 1, 2)
  • Unlike Press, Victim’s Family Doesn’t Blame Guard (NY MagDNA, Post 123NYT, News 123)
  • Parents at Diarrassouba’s School Complain of Large Trucks Delivering to East River Plaza (TransNat)
  • Questions About Truck Enforcement Linger After Amar Diarrassouba’s Death (Streetsblog)
  • Family of Ryo Oyamada, Killed By Cops Speeding to 911 Call, Plans to Sue City for Answers (DNA)
  • Grieving Mother of Asif Rahman, Killed on Bike on Queens’ “Boulevard of Death,” Still Waiting for Safety Fixes (News)
  • Former Bronx Assistant DA Ready to Get Back to Work After Jury Clears Him of Drunk Driving (Post)
  • NYPD: 1,297 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 20 Killed in Traffic in January (Streetsbl0g)
  • Ocean Parkway Is Brooklyn’s Most Dangerous Street for Pedestrians (Bklyn Paper)

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

  • Max Power

    One more this week:
    Girl, 10, recovering after being struck by sheriff’s office car in New Brunswick
    http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2013/03/police_girl_struck_by_sheriffs.html

    They work very hard to make it the child’s fault, but the follow-up makes it more obvious that the sheriff’s deputy was at fault
    http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2013/03/residents_pedestrian_safeguard.html#incart_river_default
    “Rodriguez told police that a vehicle in the westbound lane of Suydam
    Street waved for her to cross the road, the report said. She then
    entered the intersection but did not see a sheriff’s office vehicle
    approaching in the eastbound lane.

    Rodriguez struck the side of the vehicle, a Dodge Durango S.U.V. driven
    by sheriff’s officer Kevin Comiskey. Her face hit the driver’s side
    mirror and her legs were caught under the vehicle. ”
    Since she was hit by the driver’s side mirror, she must have been near the middle of the road, which means had already crossed one lane of traffic.  Also, the fact that another motorist had the time to stop and signal to the child contradicts the claim that she “darted” into the street.

  • Driver

    “Also, the fact that another motorist had the time to stop and signal to
    the child contradicts the claim that she “darted” into the street. ”
    Yes, but it also makes it sound like the motorist waved the child into oncoming traffic. 

  • Max Power

     Yeah, kids really should remember that motorists have the right of way in crosswalks.

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