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 (4 Killed This Week, 52 This Year; 2 Drivers Charged*)

  • Norwood: Sook-Ja Kim, 63, Struck on Median by Curb-Jumping Driver Near Bronx Botanical Garden; No Arrests (Streetsblog)**
  • Fresh Meadows: Cab Driver and Grad Student Ansumana Dukuly, 38, Killed on Grand Central Parkway; Driver Charged With DWI, Homicide (Post 1, 2Times Ledger)
  • Fordham Heights: One Killed, One Injured in Crash at Webster Ave. and East 187th St. (@NYScanner)
  • Cambria Heights: 27-Year-Old Driver Killed After “Losing Control” and Crashing Into Tree (Post)

Arrests, Injuries and Property Damage

  • Astoria: Van Driver Hits Cyclist Twice in Bike Lane, Flees Scene as Victim Clings to Vehicle (Gothamist)
  • Prospect Lefferts Gardens: Driver Hits, Seriously Injures Teen Girl Crossing Parkside Ave. (Bklyn Paper)
  • Borough Park: Child Struck by Truck Driver at 15th Ave. and 44th St. (@NYScanner)
  • Mott Haven: Seven Injured in Three-Car Pile-Up; Crash Blamed on Snow (Post)
  • Astoria: School Bus-Car Collision on Grand Central Parkway Leaves One Injured (News)
  • Bay Ridge: Woman Struck, Dragged Under Car by Speeding Driver; No Charges (Bklyn Paper)
  • Harlem: 9-Year-Old Crashes Into Bodega After Dad Leaves Car Running (Post)
  • Astoria, Jackson Heights: Two Off-Duty Cops Arrested for DWI, One After Fleeing Crash Scene (Post)
  • St. George: Driver Crashes Into Parked Car, Has BAC Over Four Times Legal Limit (Post Blotter)
  • Tottenville: Drunk Driver With Three Times Legal BAC  Busted After Driving Wrong Way (Post Blotter)
  • Great Kills: Woman Arrested for DWI Attempts Bribe, Then Lowers Offer (Advance)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Sleepy Hollow, NY: Hospital Volunteer, 81, Fatally Struck by Hospital Pick-Up Truck Driver (LoHud)
  • Harrison, NJ: Woman Killed by Hit-and-Run Trucker While Crossing Street (Jersey Journal)
  • Westfield, NJ: Crossing Guards Admit to Drinking Before Fatally Running Down Pedestrian (Star-Ledger)
  • Carlisle, PA: Bus Carrying Lacrosse Team Veers Off Highway, Pregnant Coach and Driver Dead (AP)

Following Up, Other News

  • NY State Sen. Marty Golden, NYPD Union Block Speed Camera Legislation (Streetsblog)
  • DOT: Speeding the Leading Cause of NYC Traffic Deaths in 2012 (Streetsblog)
  • Related: 100 Percent of Drivers Speeding Near PS 233  in Brownsville (News)
  • Julio Acevedo Charged With Three Counts of Manslaughter (GothamistDNANewsWSJ, Post 12)
  • Repeat DWI Ex-Cop Sentenced to Three to Nine Years for 2009 Pedestrian Killing (R’dale PressPost)
  • Drag Racer Whose 2010 Crash Killed Midwood Man Sentenced to Four to 12 Years (Post)
  • Death of Mark Chanko, Struck by Driver on Upper East Side, Aired on Television (News)
  • Stop Light Coming Near Site Where Mike Rogalle Was Killed by Curb-Jumping Driver (DNA)

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

  • “Mott Haven: Seven Injured in Three-Car Pile-Up; Crash Blamed on Snow (Post)”
    Because, as we all know, motorists are powerless to drive according to road conditions reasonable and prudent dictated by road conditions. They just – can’t – help – themselves.

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