Weekend Carnage: Two More Pedestrians are Dead

Photo: Franz Golhen
Photo: Franz Golhen

Two pedestrians were killed on Saturday in separate incidents with one common detail: Neither driver — including one who fled and was later captured — was charged.

In the first incident, cops said the driver of a white pickup truck ran over 62-year-old Edith Perez at the corner of Farrington Street and 31st Road in Flushing at around 2:30 p.m. Police said the driver was turning left onto Farrington as Perez was crossing. He slammed into her, killing her. He remained on the scene.

“There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing,” police said in a statement.

About seven hours later, an Academy bus driver ran over a 73-year-old man at 10th Avenue and W. 34th Street in Manhattan. Cops said the driver ran over the man — whom the Daily News reported was homeless — and kept on driving. He was caught near the Lincoln Tunnel, yet was neither charged for the crash nor leaving the scene of the fatal collision.

“The investigation is ongoing,” the NYPD said in a statement.

The dead man’s identity was not released.

A police spokesman confirmed on Sunday night that neither driver had been charged.

  • William Lawson

    Neither driver will be charged, and this is the last you’ll ever hear about those people again. This is how criminal justice works in NYC. A bunch of incompetent assholes from the cops to the DA’s and judges, none of whom really give a shit about their jobs. All they care about is doing the minimum for their paychecks and then eventually retiring to Florida. You never hear any of these people criticize the fact that killer motorists walk free – none of them call for change or complain that they “want to prosecute but their hands are tied.” Nope, they’re all happy with a situation in which vehicular homicide is treated less seriously than subway fare evasion, because it means less work for them and an easier path to FL. The vast majority of cops, DA’s and judges have no business drawing a paycheck and should be fired.

  • Ay

    Why is it always reported that the victim is homeless? NYPD writes whether the victim was homeless on all their collision reports too.

    Unless the NYPD or Streetsblog is collecting this information to figure out if homeless folks are hit more often than others, which I haven’t seen, then I think it’s largely unproductive to report whether a victim is homeless.

    Because of existing and documented bias against homeless folks, it only serves to defend the driver in the crash and reinforce stereotypes about the homeless.

  • The police, the DAs, and the judges are not incompetent; they are ideologically hidebound. In fact they are highly competent at keeping in place the system which their ideology requires them to uphold, despite its proven destructiveness.