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  • Anonymous

    I almost feel bad for Julio Acevedo. The way I see it he made only 2 real mistakes. (1) Killing that family while they were in a car and not waiting till they stepped out onto the streets and became pedestrians.
    (2) Turning himself in.

    On a more serious note, this, on the face of it,does seem like the kind of accident you could call “just an accident” since it wasn’t him, but instead the other vehicle which was speeding (and possibly jumping a light).

  • moocow

    Hasn’t it been established he was traveling nearly 70mph when he hit the other car?

  • Anonymous

    NYPD says Acevedo was driving at 69 mph when the crash occurred.

  • moocow

    Right, WABC seems to have let this out, maybe soley because Acevedo says he wasn’t speeding.
    Addicted, you still feel sorry for this guy?

  • Headlines I’d like to see:

    MOTOR CITY BEDLAM
    ARE CARS RUINING [THE HISTORICAL CHARACTER OF] *insert hood*???
    ARE CARS TOO DANGEROUS FOR NYC?

    Also, bags prohibited on 5 boro bike tour? Seriously, screw off security theater.

  • Anonymous

    Ginia Bellafante: like Frank Bruni and Bill Keller, employed by the Times presumably for the sole purpose of marrying bad writing to hilarious wrongness (http://www.vulture.com/2011/06/new_york_times_standing_by_its.html) and rank stupidity (http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9507E5D91F39F937A35750C0A9649D8B63&ref=giniabellafante&smid=pl-share).

  • Guest

    The first paragraphs of Bellafante’s Park Slope Food Coop story and her bike share piece are almost exactly the same.

  • The anti-bike-share nonsense is also a good example of NYC parochialism. These systems have operated in London and Boston long enough that there is nothing hypothetical about them. We already know from experience that all the hypothetical ways for this system to fail have not happened.

  • Joe R.

    Just for correctional purposes, the Times Ledger article from today, along with your link to it, says Pat Dolan was killed on Union Turnpike, while the original article says 198th Street and Hillside Avenue (and the picture confirms it).

  • Anonymous

    @disqus_dlP91vGbzC:disqus Thanks for noticing that. I’ve updated the post.

  • kevd

    Driving at 69mph on a city street doesn’t make your list of real mistakes?
    That seems to be the biggest one to me.

  • Anonymous

    My bad. Haven’t been following the story. I took his claim that he wasn’t speeding at face value.

  • Anonymous

    Never did. That was a poor attempt at sarcasm.

    That being said, as I noted in another response, I assumed he wasn’t speeding because he said so, and the article gave no indication that he might be lying.

  • Bolwerk

    TZB planners are simply turgid for buses. The first thing they should be doing, before anything else, is making sure there is a rail connection across the river. Nobody wants a two-seat ride, and a two-seat ride from a commuter bus (it almost certainly won’t be “BRT”) is even less desirable.

    The notary thing is great. Completely serious: more businesses should be on the street like that, and to some extent food trucks have lead the way. A notarization costs a few dollars (set by law), so this is a great move for him. Not having to rent a storefront cuts overhead drastically, and means cheaper products for buyers while opening up opportunities for entrepreneurial artisans. It’s certainly a more productive use of the space than letting a fat suburbanite park in it for a few hours. Hell, making it convenient and possible ought to be the very definition of “free market.”

  • Anonymous

    his two mistakes were to (1) run off after hitting them–‘no criminality is suspected’ when the driver stays at the scene and (2) to get caught in a news cycle and to have ended up killing people from a tight-knit community that is politically active and brought attention to the deaths.

  • Joe R.

    I saw several police cruisers (with lights/sirens off) blast by me one night on the LIE service road at about 75 mph. I’m pretty sure these were the same guys I saw chatting at the next gas station about 10 blocks down. With the police setting examples like that, is it much surprise we have people going 69 mph while saying they weren’t speeding? I guess it’s all relative. Maybe Acevedo only considers 100+ mph to be speeding.

  • Anonymous

    can’t blame you for extending the benefit of the doubt — after all that’s the MO for NYPD traffic investigations too.

  • moocow

    I remember some of your other comments and this didn’t fit in with them. This article unbelievably, doesn’t mention his speed.