Two People Were Killed in This Crash and the Bronx DA Hasn’t Filed Charges

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Update: DNAinfo reported that the victim in the video is Manuel Quiñones, who was hospitalized in critical condition. The Post reported that the victim is Kadeem Brown. This post has been edited to reflect uncertainty of the victim’s identity. The green cab driver was identified by the Post and the Daily News as Emilio Garcia.

Video posted online shows a speeding green cab driver strike a pedestrian on the Grand Concourse. The driver killed Kadeem Brown and 5-year-old Tierre Clark and injured two others. No charges were filed by NYPD or Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson.

Bronx DA Robert Johnson
Bronx DA Robert Johnson

The crash happened at the Grand Concourse and E. 170th Street on March 20. The video, posted on Facebook by a man who identified himself as the owner of a bodega on the northeast corner of the intersection, shows the green cab driver strike a victim at high speed on a Concourse service road.

Brown, 25, died at the scene. In addition to Brown, the cab driver struck Clark and two adults who were standing on the sidewalk, reportedly waiting for a bus. Clark died at a hospital. A 55-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, who according to some reports was Tierre’s mother, were hospitalized.

The driver was identified only as a 44-year-old man. His name was withheld by NYPD and the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

The TLC told Streetsblog the driver’s TLC license was suspended, pending the outcome of the crash investigation. If NYPD and Johnson decline to file charges it’s likely the driver will have his TLC license restored.

Streetsblog has asked Johnson’s office for an update on this case.

Johnson did not file charges against the woman who drove onto a sidewalk outside a Bronx school last October, hitting 10 people and killing 8-year-old Rylee Ramos.

  • Nemo

    Was the cab passing on the right?

  • Brendan A. MacWade

    Passing on the right and speeding. It looks like an angry driver.

  • That’s crazy. How does this BS be allowed to happen in NYC. Its a city of pedestrians. This one only needs a few minutes with this video to compute the driver’s speed, especially compared with other vehicles, its obviously excessive. This should be an open and shut case. Drivers are in control of the speed of their vehicles, if the chose to drive at an excessive speed, it should be automatic considered reckless, and given that two people were killed, negligent homicide.

  • Andres Dee

    Are we sure that the pededestrians on the sidewalk had the right of way?
    Were they texting?
    Did they have earphones on?
    Were they wearing dark clothing?
    DId they ever jaywalk in their life, even once?
    Have we ruled out the possibility that this all happened because there was a deranged bicycler threatening the motorist?
    (/sarc)

    Sad, as always.

  • Simon Phearson

    If people were being shot as frequently as they’re being pinned against buildings, run over in shops, and otherwise murdered when they’re just walking on sidewalks or in crosswalks, there would be an immediate, political consensus that something must be done about it.

    Why doesn’t this issue have any political salience? Doesn’t everyone walk at least some of the time? Go to school? Shop?

    People complain about cyclists running reds, but the people who have shown ten times over that they can’t be trusted in this city are drivers.

  • com63

    A reporter should show DeBlasio this video and ask for a comment.

  • AnoNYC

    Speed kills.

  • ocschwar

    Yes.

  • AnoNYC

    This is why we need to be active in our communities and change this culture of acceptable mortality and morbidity. A human life is never a necessary cost of doing business.

  • ocschwar

    Passing on the right, on the SIDEWALK. and speeding.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    The camera is facing West on 170th, looking across Grand Concourse. The victim seems to be crossing to one of these ridiculous pedestrian islands that meets the street at level, without even a curb, having only the protection of some stripes painted on the road, that are buried in snow in this video. The time from when the car strikes the man and when it exits the frame is about 1 second and the distance is about 70 feet, that’s 45MPH in a 25MPH “slow zone”.

  • BBnet3000

    Not on the sidewalk from what I can tell.

  • Maggie

    Unreal. These poor victims – this is heartbreaking.

  • Mathew Smithburger

    Here we so difficult it is to have any vision at all under Vision Zero. We’ve seen this time and time again. Car friendly NYPD rank and file members under the direction of a police commissioner (Bill Bratton) whose has made a reputation of unfairly harassing pedestrians no matter where he has worked.

    Our brave officers and their commissioner are simply not up to the task of executing Vision Zero competently. The bulk of the work needs to be removed from the NYPD and have that work performed by speed and red light cameras NYPD overtime and resulting benefits from that overtime should be reduced accordingly. This will allow the officers and their commissioner the time to perform and focus on various other tasks and training.

  • Sean Kelliher

    This is a minor point but an infuriating one nonetheless. Watch the black SUV in the middle of the street. The driver most likely hears the impact; sees a human being go flying in front of his or her vehicle like a rag doll; witnesses the stir of pedestrians going to help, and then drives off as soon as the light turns green.

    Remember this when the city declines street redesigns and instead favors “we all need to do better” campaigns. There are people like this taxi and SUV driver that are never going to “do their part”. That’s why we desperately need street designs that minimize their effect on others.

  • armyvet00

    Look at a Google Earth of 170th and Grand Concourse, it look very likely that the car was not in a lane of travel.

  • BBnet3000

    Damn you are totally right. Looks like the car is passing at high speed in the parking lane and hits the guy who is off the curb waiting to cross (a common thing that many of us do every day).

    You think the cops have even figured this much out?

  • Beeg

    Unbelievable and tragic. He clearly doesn’t care and it’s clearly not an “accident”

    This is why I stay on the sidewalk (even then you’re not totally safe). Standing two feet ahead of the curb won’t win me any races.

  • AnoNYC

    Redesign the Grand Concourse already (NOW), set up cones/mobile barriers until paint can be applied, NYPD RMPs should set up on every block, mobile speed cameras throughout.

    Let’s treat these fatalities the way we treat traditional violent crimes.

    People are dying and getting seriously injured. No time to waste. You could be next…

  • justin666

    what. the. fuck.

    it took me like 3 times before i realized that the person that got hit was like 2 fucking blocks away and flew across the road. i was looking at the couple with the umbrella. this is unbelievable.

  • justin666

    also, what is up with the fucking moron in the black car, they said back up. now 2 people did. now 5 people banging on your hood. BACK UP. ARE YOU THAT THICK?

  • dporpentine

    Compare the response to this reckless endangerment to the (tentatively identified) reckless endangerment of tapping a gas line in the East Village.

    One standard for driving cars, another for all other human endeavors.

  • Miles Bader

    Àre DAs elected…? [and so presumably subject to recall elections]

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