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Wednesday’s Headlines: ‘Got Him’ Edition

12:04 AM EST on February 23, 2022

The big story yesterday was the arrest on criminally negligent homicide and other charges of Tariq Witherspoon, the 30-year-old EMT who allegedly struck and killed beloved schoolteacher Matthew Jensen with a Rolls Royce in a hit-and-run crash last May on McGuinness Boulevard in Brooklyn.

The Daily News kept the focus on Jensen, offering encomia to the life of the deceased in a sidebar. Streetsblog's account had rich details on the suspect's priors and on the dangers of the street, a known speedway. Brooklyn Paper highlighted the charges.

In other news:

    • Outreach workers offered help to 100 individuals in the first day of the MTA's crackdown on sleeping in the subway. (NYDN, Brooklyn Eagle)
    • Mayor Adams is "tech washing" the NYPD's pervasive surveillance of citizens, a City Limits op-ed argues.
    • The MTA brought back a retired honcho to run the subway. (NYDN)
    • Following other outlets, the Times and amNY took a look at the NYPD on a subway "safety" sweep.
    • A DOT employee and a horse-drawn carriage collided in Central Park. (West Side Rag)
    • Here's another reason to stay out of SUVs. (NYDN, NYPost)
    • A Brooklyn motorist is facing charges after killing his female passenger in a drunken East Flatbush crash. (NYDN)
    • Moms don't want to fold kids' strollers on the bus. (amNY)
    • ICYMI: The Department of Environmental Protection has a pilot program to ticket loud cars. (Road and Track)
    • In addition to the Witherspoon arrest, Streetsblog's old man had a busy day:
      • He covered the confirmation that the DOT will build a plaza where a 3-month-old girl died last year.
      • And he wrote up a presser with Ydanis Rodriguez at a notorious Queens intersection.
    • The New Yorker magazine indulged in some anti-car wish fulfillment:
    • Love him or hate him (and Mets fans obviously hate him), it’s nice to see Bryce Harper on a bike (click on the picture to see the full magnitude of Harper's thigh, which is its own taunt of Met fans):

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