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, 90 This Year; 5 Drivers Charged*)

  • Woodlawn: Kevin Bell, 26, Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver (PostNewsDNA)
  • Sheepshead Bay: Karin Eberts-Ayub, 53, Run Down on Sidewalk by Alleged Drunk Driver (DNANews)**
  • Fordham Heights: Alfonso Melendez, 50, Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver on Grand Concourse (Post, NY1)
  • East New York: 37-Year-Old Woman Tossed From Motorcycle, Run Over by Cabbie Who Fled (DNA)

Injuries, Arrests, and Property Damage

  • East Village: Alleged Drunk Driver Slams Into Storefront, Three Pedestrians and a Cyclist (Streetsblog)**
  • Prospect-Lefferts Gardens: Pedestrian Critical After Drivers Hit Him on Flatbush Avenue; One Flees (DNA)
  • University Heights: Police Searching for Driver Who Hit Pedestrian and Fled (News 12)
  • Chelsea: Cyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run on Eighth Avenue (DNA)
  • Cypress Hills: Cement Truck Driver Slams Into School Bus, Injuring Eight (DNA)
  • Williamsbridge: Pedestrian Struck, Seriously Injured (DNA)
  • Westerleigh: Three Injured in Crash in Neighborhood That Asked for Traffic-Calming (Advance)
  • Randall Manor: NYPD Officer Seriously Injured in Crash (@NYScanner)
  • West Brighton: Police Searching for Wrong-Way Suspect Who Rammed Police Car (Advance)
  • New Dorp: Repeat Drunk Driver Crashes in Cemetery; BAC Three Times Legal Limit (Advance)
  • Annadale: Motorcyclist Busted Doing 75 mph in a 35 Zone (Post Blotter)
  • Maspeth: Truck Driver Knocks Down Utility Pole, Leaving Hundreds Without Electricity (DNA)
*Based on latest available reports
** Incident in which a vehicle left the roadway
  • Anonymous

    Who pays to repair all that damaged public infrastructure, especially in the East Village diaster?

    Yup.

  • Daphna

    As I understand it, normally the driver’s insurance is supposed to cover all the damage that results from a collision. However, in this case Shaun Martin was driving a rented car (if NY Daily News is correct). I wonder if that means the rental car company or their insurance company will be on the hook for all?

  • mrtuffguy

    If you still report noteworthy out-of-town crashes:
    “Journalist Michael Hastings Dies in Fiery Hollywood Crash”

    http://ktla.com/2013/06/19/driver-killed-in-fiery-car-crash-in-hollywood/#ixzz2WsJAh236

  • I think the basic criterion for renting a car is whether you have a valid driver’s license. Clearly there are quite a lot of people who should have had their licenses taken away after previous offenses. But the courts don’t seem to like to take away people’s “right” to drive.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Someone with a musical gift should really write “The Ballad of Shaun Martin, Street Avenger for the Middle Class.”

    The first verse could have Shawn tanked up in a bar, ranting about Janet Sadik-Khan, Mike Bloomberg, and Streetsblog. Additional verses could tell when everyone and everything he ran over had it coming, particularly the Citibike. The fire hydrant means no parking, etc.

  • cc

    Is the number (4 this week, 90 this year) all traffic deaths, or is that just pedestrians/cyclists?

  • Jim Greer
  • Shojib Ashrafi Na Ashrafi

    My thoughts exactly… you’d think people who either own or plan to ride in a limo would like to know that information!

  • Here in Chicago, cyclists ride naked. 5,000 hot nude critical mass cyclists. Awesome vid. http://youtu.be/sITbsbhLmto

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