Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In

Tuesday’s Headlines: Execution in Bushwick Edition

12:48 AM EDT on September 3, 2019

Red like the devil: A motorist used a Jeep Grand Cherokee (like the one above) to run down a cyclist he suspected of breaking into the car.

The big news yesterday was out of Bushwick: A 41-year-old motorist, Korey Johnson, used his Jeep Grand Cherokee to act as judge, jury, and executioner of a guy on a bike who allegedly had broken into the vehicle.

Johnson took off after the fleeing cyclist, driving the wrong way down Marcus Garvey Boulevard, ramming three parked cars and flipping the Jeep in the course of killing the biker, Donald Robert. On Monday night, Johnson was facing as-yet-unnamed charges for the fatal rampage. (NYDN, Gothamist, NYP, AMNY, and Streetsblog were among the many outlets that covered the killing.)

Which got us thinking: What is it about SUVs and other high-powered rides that makes their (mostly male) drivers think they're god, as in, "OMG, touch my car, and I'll kill you!"?

The size? The horse power? The testosterone jolt of pumping the pedal of a 3,000-pound killing machine?

Overlarge or overpowered vehicles also featured in two other recent road-rage incidents: the SUV drivers who were caught on video menacing a female cyclist in July, and the muscle-car driving maniac who tried to mow down a cyclist on the West Side Highway in June.

Car culture is bro culture, but SUV culture is bro culture on steroids.

In other news:

    • A bombshell DOT report explodes the "distracted pedestrian" myth, finding that just two pedestrian deaths out of hundreds in the last two years were related to mobile phones. Take that, John Liu! (Streetsblog, NYP)
    • A three-year-old boy was fatally struck by a car in Queens. (NYDN)
    • In another case of "How can we get that great thing?," Paris is testing a gadget that automatically tickets noisy cars.
    • In more bad things that are happening in cars, thieves are preying on Lyft drivers, robbing them by commandeering their mobile phones. (NY1)
    • A cyclist is in serious condition after being struck by a taxi in Clinton Hill. (News12Brooklyn)
    • ICYMI: The city vows to fix the as-yet unfinished bike lanes on the Kosciuszko Bridge. (Curbed)

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Pols: Congress Must Bolster Sustainable Commutes to Reduce Carbon and Congestion

The feds should bolster sustainable commuting modes and transportation demand management strategies.

September 27, 2023

Tuesday’s Headlines: Don’t Look Up Edition

It's hard to believe that it's going to rain again today, plus other more important news.

September 26, 2023

Another Flip-Flop: City Hall Allegedly Pauses Almost-Done Underhill Ave. Bike Boulevard

City Hall is intervening in yet another street redesign project, and supporters fear it could be the start of dismantling other improvements.

September 26, 2023

Analysis: Everyone Agrees — Less Parking Means More Housing

Let's take a second-day look at Mayor Adams's "City of Yes" zoning proposal to do away with mandatory parking in new developments.

September 25, 2023
See all posts