The Weekly Carnage

The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle mayhem
across the metro region. For more on the origins and purpose of this
column, please read About the Weekly Carnage.

Fatal Crashes (5 Killed This Week, 232 This Year*, 23 Drivers Charged**)

  • Queens: Crack-Smoking Driver Charged With Manslaughter for Killing 2 Kids (News 1, 2, Post, NY1)
  • Staten Island: Unlicensed 16-Year-Old Kills Self, Injures Friend in One-Car Crash (Advance 1, 2, 3)
  • Spotswood, NJ: 1 Killed, 2 Hurt in Three-Car Collision (S-L)
  • Barnegat, NJ: Collision Between Two SUVs Kills 1, Injures 4 (S-L)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Gothamist Newsmap: 5 Pedestrians Struck Since Sunday (Gothamist 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Brooklyn: Two Fire Trucks Collide, Injuring 12 (NYT, News)
  • Brooklyn: Major Crash Reported Near Cadman Plaza (Gothamist, Advance)
  • Serious Staten Island Collision Injures 2 (Advance)
  • Yorktown, NY: 73-Year-Old Charged With DWI, Leaving Scene After Head-On Crash (LoHud)
  • Southampton, LI: Wrong-Way Driver Rams Three Police Cars, Four Others (Newsday)
  • Melville, LI: Ladders Fall Off Truck, Shut LIE for 90 Minutes; 4 Injured; Driver Has No Idea (Newsday)
  • Melville, LI: 3 Injured in SUV Collision (Newsday)
  • Holbrook, LI: 2 Drivers, 1 Child Injured in Two-Car Crash (Newsday)
  • Yaphank, LI: School Bus Rear-Ended; No Injuries Reported (Newsday)
  • Jersey City: Homeless Man Hit, Hospitalized (Jersey Jrnl)
  • Secaucus, NJ: DWI Man Arrested When 12-Year-Old Passenger Calls Cops (S-L)
  • Bayonne, NJ: Man Hits Parked Car, Charged With DWI (Jersey Jrnl)
  • Hamilton, NJ: Turnpike Crash Injures 2 (Times)
  • Mount Olive, NJ: Driver Arrested for DWI After Crashing Truck Into Tree (Warren Rep)
  • Danbury, CT: 6 Hurt in Three-Car Wreck (CT Post)
  • Bridgeport, CT: Five Cops Under Investigation Following Crash (CT Post)

Following Up

  • Manhattan: No Charges Filed in Deadly East Village Collision (Post)
  • Manhattan: Carmen Huertas Arraigned in Fatal Hudson Parkway Crash (City Room, Post)
  • Manhattan: Ex-Cop, Reporter Gets Slap on the Wrist for DWI Wreck (Gothamist)
  • Manhattan Times Details Last Week’s Washington Heights Motorcyclist Fatality
  • Queens: Cyclist Victim’s Mom Continues Quest for Bike Lane on Queens Boulevard (News)
  • Staten Island: “Rule of Two” at Play in Arraignment for Fatal Collision (Advance)
  • Bronx: Bereaved Family Sues Over Hearse Explosion; Post Finds the Funny
  • Yorktown: Man Pleads to Menacing in 2008 Fatal Crash (LoHud)
  • Freeport, LI: Man Gets Up to 15 Years for 2008 Fatal DWI Crash (Newsday)
  • Mineola, LI: Repeat DWI Offender Sentenced to 7-21 Years for Killing Student (AP)
  • Schuler Taconic Crash, Other “DWI Mom” Stories Profiled on “Oprah” (Newsday)
  • Orange, CT: Police Audio Released From Cop-Involved Crash That Killed 2 (CT Post)
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Out of Town

  • Sparks, NV: Couple Awakes to Find Themselves Pinned Under Car (CNN)
  • Martinez, CA: Pedestrian Ripped Apart on Interstate After Hit-and-Run (KPIX)
  • Boise, ID: Mentally Ill Man Plows Truck Into Motorcycle Cops (AP)
  • Hill ‘N Dale, FL: Ped Fatally Struck By Three Drivers; One Flees Scene (Times)
  • Reed City, MI: 20-Month-Old Run Down, Killed in Driveway (Cadillac News)
  • Philadelphia: Cab Driver Convicted in Hit-and-Run Killing of 5-Year-Old Pedestrian (Philly Inq)
  • Providence, RI: Man Hits 3 Peds, Drives a Mile With One Clinging to Windshield (AP)
  • Canterbury, Australia: Ped Bridge Elevator Fails, Elderly Man Killed Trying to Cross (SMH)
  • London: Cop Gets 6.5 Years for Killing Woman During 107 MPH “Joyride” (Times)
  • Dallas, TX: Bus Crash That Killed 17 Called “Perfect Storm of Gross Negligence” (AP)

Trends and Other News

  • Halloween Especially Scary for Pedestrians (USA Today, Consumer Reps, Times, Missourian, Reuters)
  • Cy Vance Kicks Off Instructive, Sobering Vehicular Crime Legal Forum (Streetsblog)
  • Child Deaths Prompt News Call for Tougher Drunk Driving Laws
  • NYPD Makes 24-Hour “Extra Effort” to Ticket Cellphone-Using Drivers (City Room)
  • Sustained DWI Crackdown in Brooklyn’s 84th Precinct Sees Drop in Other Crimes (Post)
  • Freakonomics: Cab Driver Attrition, Poor Working Conditions Lead to Reckless Driving
  • New York Motorists Don’t Give a Damn About Your Kid (WTEN)
  • Florida Dominates “Worst Places to Walk” List (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Las Vegas Ped Fatalities Down Amid Crosswalk Stings (KVBC)
  • New, Weaker Distracted Driving Bill Surfaces in U.S. Senate (Streetsblog Cap Hill)
  • Car-Mounted Cameras Could Help Inattentive Drivers Avoid Hitting People (AP)
  • “Crash-Proof” Cars: Good or Bad? (Streetsblog)
  • Ohio Bike Blogger Kevin Kimmich: When in Doubt, Shout (Monster Pull)
  • Children Made to Salute Cars in Huangping, China; Is It All That Different From This? (NYT)

* Since the week of June 8
** Drivers charged for deaths since the week of June 8, based on latest available reports