Today’s Headlines

  • Livery Driver Kills 50-Year-Old Woman Crossing Street in Brownsville; No Charges (News)
  • Citi Bike Workers Become First U.S. Bike-Share Employees to Secure Contract (NYT, News, Gothamist)
  • Congratulations to Riders Alliance for Getting Andrew Cuomo to Ride the Subway (NY1, News)
  • Hit-and-Run Bronx Driver Who Killed 7-Year-Old Inside Restaurant Blames It On His Brakes (News)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Man Crossing Gerritsen Beach Street Gets Four-and-a-Half Years (News)
  • What’s the Appeal of Ferries as Transit Option? “There’s Just Something Sexy About [It]” (Observer)
  • Uber Launches $10 Summer Flat Fare for Ride-Pooling Service Below 96th Street (News)
  • NYCHA Has Removed Eight Miles of Unnecessary Shedding from Sidewalks (Gothamist)
  • Parks to Fill Potholes on Shore Road Promenade After Urging from Gentile, CB 10 (Bklyn Daily)
  • WSJ Looks at Efforts to Rehab “Stairwell Streets” of Upper Manhattan and the Bronx

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  • Joe R.

    The motorist in the restaurant killing said “I hit the accelerator to back up, and then I applied the brake but the car continued to accelerate and I crashed into the store.”

    Unless there was a mechanical defect in the car, sounds to me like he got his pedals mixed up. That and his age all point to driver error. Few 73 year olds are capable of competently operating an automobile. I’d probably say maybe 1% are. That’s why we need annual retests starting at maybe age 50 (and retests every 5 years before that).

  • armyvet00

    I was just about to say the same thing. This dummy hit the gas. The car would slowly roll if it was just the power of the the “Drive” gear selection- but it accelerated, not rolled. He is a killer, a coward, and a liar.

  • Bolwerk

    Sexy? Ferries are loud, smelly, and typically difficult to access.

    Well, some people think masochism is sexy, so whatever.

  • BBnet3000

    Even more slowly in Reverse. I’d lay even odds that it would even mount the curb without the accelerator applied, much less go through the front of the restaurant (which appears to have had a ~1 foot wall under a fully glazed front).

  • armyvet00

    Agreed- it seems nearly impossible to go up the curb from a nearby stop with only the idle powering either drive or reverse.

  • Simon Phearson

    I just can’t get over how this kind of statement would come off for the surviving family members. I mean, his statement is probably going to be all the jury needs to acquit him – “Aw, shucks, he’s a 73-year-old who made a mistake, not a murderer.” But that’s small comfort for someone who has lost a child to traffic violence.

    What are these drivers thinking? This 73 year old could just as easily have been run over while crossing a street with the light or jaywalking between cars. Would he similarly buy that excuse as getting his killer off the hook? “Sorry, my brake pedal actually caused my car to accelerate.”

  • Andres Dee

    His brakes caused him to leave the scene of a fatal crash?

  • I guess the brakes suddenly self repaired when he finally did stop to be arrested two blocks away.