Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Today's Headlines

Friday’s Headlines: Repeat Offender Edition

Crossing guard Krystyna Naprawa died in vain.

The biggest story yesterday — not that anyone but the Daily News covered it — was that the very same truck that a driver used to kill a Queens crossing guard last year was involved in a new fatal crash on Thursday in Brooklyn.

As the paper reported, the same truck whose driver killed the crossing guard Krystyna Naprawa on Oct. 20, 2023, was involved in a crash at Tilden and Bedford avenues in Brooklyn after the truck driver made what witnesses said was an illegal right on red.

There was a lot of missing information in the narrative — including, of course, who was driving the truck on Thursday, as well as the name of the victim — but this much is known: the truck belongs to Manolos Trucking, a company that has some explaining to do. (Update: The victim was Maria Piovanetti, 68, who lived nearby on Tilden Avenue. We'll be starting our Friday at her address, where we're likely to find family members who will be outraged that the same truck has been involved in two fatal crashes.)

But also left unsaid (for now) is what punishment the company faced for its driving having killed Naprawa and how a company with a fatality on its record could possibly have another driver involved in a crash. What role, if any, did our Department of Motor Vehicles play in making sure Manolos Trucking properly trains its drivers? Why does the truck in question have seven camera violations (including four red-light violations) since 2019?

And, finally, what are our elected officials going to do about this — starting today? We'll be asking.

In other news from a day that looked slow to the mainstream press, but was busy on our end:

  • Transit union boss John Samuelsen's break with congestion pricing is complete, but we'd be remiss if we didn't point out (again!) that his workers will benefit the most from tolling drivers to improve subway service. (NY Post)
  • The Times did a big story about where people are buying electric vehicles (but for some reason left out the most popular electric vehicle — e-bikes).
  • People aren't liking National Guardsmen with machine guns in the subway. (NY Times, Gothamist, Hell Gate)
  • New Jersey residents have had plenty to say about congestion pricing ... but if you want to comment on Gov. Phil Murphy's 15-percent NJ Transit fare hike, good luck! (Gothamist)
  • Streetsblog posted several big stories:

We never rest. Have a great weekend.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Car Crashes by City Workers Cost Taxpayers $180M in Payouts Last Year: Report

A record number of victims of crashes involving city employees in city-owned cars filed claims in fiscal year 2023 — and settlements with victims have jumped 23 percent, a new report shows.

April 16, 2024

Tuesday’s Headlines: Biking with a Dutchman Edition

You really get a fresh perspective on city cycling when you do it with someone from Holland. Plus other news.

April 16, 2024

City Urges Judge to Toss Anti-Open Streets Lawsuit

The city's not responsible for 24-7 car access to every street, officials argued.

April 16, 2024

Opinion: Connect the Dots of Manhattan’s Missing Bike Lanes

Only a few miles of missing protected lanes stand in the way of a robust bike network.

April 15, 2024

Monday’s Headlines: Thanking the Academy Edition

We would be remiss if we didn't offer some photos and copy about Friday's George Polk Awards ceremony, plus other news.

April 15, 2024
See all posts