Of six fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, one motorist was known to have been charged for causing a death.
Juan Jimenez, 86, hit Giovanni Ampuero and his mother with an SUV as he made a left turn into a Northern Boulevard crosswalk. Jimenez kept driving until he was stopped by a witness several blocks away. He was charged with felony leaving the scene and failing to yield. There is no upper age limit for driving in New York, and the state Department of Motor Vehicles offloads responsibility for gauging seniors' driving abilities to individuals and their families.
A woman trying to park a minivan ran over Cellou Diallo on a Bronx sidewalk after driving him home from school. No charges were filed.
City motorists killed five children age 14 or under through April of this year. There were three such fatalities in all of 2017.
A Sanitation Salvage employee identified as Sean Spence hit Leon Clark with a garbage truck months after Spence reportedly ran over and killed a co-worker while on the job. The de Blasio administration took no action to penalize Sanitation Salvage, which does business with the city, for its safety record. The company stopped Spence from driving trucks after Clark's death, but did so of its own accord. Witnesses said Spence was "going too fast" before he hit Clark. NYPD told the press the victim, who used a cane, was jaywalking and issued no charges or tickets.
A Manhattan driver opened the door of a minivan into the path of delivery cyclist Juan Pacheco, who died from injuries sustained in the crash. Dooring is illegal under state law, and has caused at least five NYC cyclist fatalities since 2012. NYPD ticketed the driver in just one of those cases. Police applied no penalty for Pacheco’s death.
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.
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