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, 48 This Year; 1 Driver Charged*)

  • Long Island City: Tenzin Drudak, 16, Killed, Five Injured by Curb-Jumping Minivan Driver; No Charges (DNA, Post)**
  • Related: Van Bramer to DOT: Prioritize Ped Safety Over QBB-Bound Traffic (Streetsblog)
  • Red Hook: Lillian Cruz, 60, Run Down By Tractor-Trailer Driver Crossing Hamilton Ave. (Streetsblog)
  • Borough Park: Victor Lopez, 49, Struck Twice Biking on New Utrecht Ave.; No Known Charges (DNA)
  • Chelsea: Andrew Quinn, 22, Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver on West Side Highway (DNA, News)
  • Soundview: Roberto Baez, 75, Struck at Taylor and Soundview Avenues (Streetsblog, DNA)
  • Cypress Hills: Luis Duran, 23, Rear-Ends MTA Bus Stopped at Light (DNA)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Midtown: Driver Slams Into, Critically Injures Pedestrian (DNA)
  • Bay Ridge: Pedestrian Struck, Seriously Injured; AIS Requested (@NYScanner)
  • Bed-Stuy: Eight Injured, Two Seriously, When Driver Hits School Bus (DNA)
  • Pelham Gardens: Two Pedestrians Struck in Parking Lot (@NYScanner)
  • Long Island City: SUV Driver Critical After Slamming Into Light Pole (Times Ledger)
  • Eltingville: Driver Injured After Hitting Guardrail, Flipping Vehicle on Hylan Blvd. (Advance)
  • Castleton Corners: Police Shoot Driver Fleeing Traffic Stop; Driver Crashes, Flips Car (Post)
  • Bay Ridge: Cop Charged With DWI, Refusing Breathalyzer (DNA)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Bayonne, NJ: 22-Year-Old Pedestrian Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver (Jersey Journal)
  • Albany, NY: Assembly Member Steve Katz Ticketed for Speeding, Marijuana Possession (LoHud)
  • So. Brunswick, NJ: Driver Killed in Collision With Dump Truck (
  • Warren, OH: 6 Teens Killed in SUV Crash; Survivor Says Driver Was Speeding, Unlicensed (AP)

Following Up, Other News

  • Driver in Crash that Killed Williamsburg Couple Indicted on Top Charge of Leaving the Scene (News)
  • Family of Student Killed By NYPD Cruiser Refused Access to Crash Information (Streetsblog, Gothamist)
  • $400,000 in State DUI Grants Will Pay for 10 New NYPD Crash Investigators (PostGothamist)
  • NYPD to Add Crash Investigators, Retire “Accident” and “Dead or Likely to Die” Rule (Streetsblog 1, 2)
  • After 11-Year-Old Miguel Torres’s Death, Jackson Heights Focuses on Schools, Speeding (Streetsblog)
  • Widower of Cheng-Chiu Fang, 55, Killed by MTA Bus Driver, Issues Plea for Witnesses (Times Ledger)
  • Drunk Driver Whose Crash Killed Worker on Grand Central Parkway Sentenced to Up to 7 Years (News)
  • Diarrassouba Family to Sue City, NYPD, Crossing Guard; Angry at Bloomberg’s Comments (Post 12)
  • NJ State Troopers Fired for Escorting Sports Car Drivers at 100 MPH on Garden State Parkway (NYT)

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