Motorists killed at least seven seniors in July: Donna Hahl, 70; Barbara Horn, 80; Christopher Swanson, 71; an unnamed Manhattan pedestrian, 87; the unnamed Queens pedestrian, 73; the unnamed Brooklyn cyclist, 81; and the unnamed Brooklyn pedestrian, 83.
Of 13 fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, two motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death: The drivers who killed Donna Hahl and Barbara Horn were charged with violating the victims’ right of way.
In five cases where a motorist killed someone walking or biking, NYPD blamed the victims in the press, though investigations of those collisions were still in progress.
NYPD cited no evidence that an unidentified cyclist struck by a driver in Bedford-Stuyvesant caused the crash that killed him, yet the department told the media he ran a red light.
After a motorist killed an 83-year-old man on Flatbush Avenue, which according to DOT crash data is Brooklyn’s most dangerous street for walking, NYPD gave the driver a pass and labeled the octogenarian victim a “jaywalker” in the press.
NYPD said an 87-year-old man killed by a yellow cab driver in Greenwich Village was crossing against the light, but did not say where that information came from. Since the driver was not charged or ticketed for killing a person, he or she faces no sanctions from the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Cyclist Neftaly Ramirez was killed by an Action Carting driver who left the scene. NYPD declined to file charges for the fatal hit-and-run, and instead made excuses for the driver to the media. The majority of hit-and-run drivers who strike people in NYC are not held accountable in any way.
Brad Aaron began writing for Streetsblog in 2007, after years as a reporter, editor, and publisher in the alternative weekly business. Brad adopted New York's dysfunctional traffic justice system as his primary beat for Streetsblog. He lives in Manhattan.