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 (10 Killed This Week, 242 This Year*, 25 Drivers Charged**)

  • Bronx: NYPD Detective Hits, Kills 67-Year-Old; Charged With DWI, Homicide (News 1, 2, Post 1, 2)
  • Related: Commissioner Kelly Forms Panel to Speed DWI Evidence Collection (Streetsblog)
  • Brooklyn: Unlicensed Prison Guard Strikes Woman, Not Charged for Death (News, Post, NY1)
  • Manhattan: 22-Year-Old Student Run Over By MTA Bus in Hell’s Kitchen; No Charges (Streetsblog)
  • Bronx: Halloween Vandalism “Prank” Ends With Man Fatally Struck by City Bus (AMNY, News)
  • Staten Island: Woman Killed in SIE Crash; Boyfriend Charged With DWI, Homicide (News, Advance)
  • Harrison, NY: Livery Driver Killed, Passerby Injured Changing Tire on I-95 (LoHud)
  • Seaford, LI: Man Killed Crossing Road After Crash (Newsday)
  • Nutley, NJ: Driver Speeds Through Popular Trick-or-Treat Zone, Kills Kid; No Charges (S-L 1, 2, 3)
  • South Brunswick, NJ: Elderly Florida Couple Killed in Wrong-Way Jersey Tpk. Collision (S-L)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Gothamist Newsmap: 3 Unidentified Pedestrians Struck Since Saturday (Gothamist 1, 2)
  • Manhattan: Woman in Wheelchair Hit by Parks Employee in 8th Ave. Bike Lane (Sblog, Post, News)
  • Manhattan: Cabs Crash Into Scaffolding in East Village; 6 Injured (Gothamist)
  • Manhattan: Al Sharpton’s Daughter, Ex-Wife Charged With Resisting Arrest After Traffic Stop (Post)
  • Queens: Driver on PCP Arrested En Route to Pick Up Daughter at School (News)
  • Post Blotter Notes DWI, Road Rage Crashes on Staten Island
  • Staten Island: Suspected Gang Member on PCP Crashes After Police Stop (Advance)
  • Staten Island: Rider Snaps Photos of Texting Express Bus Driver (Advance)
  • Staten Island: SUV Driver Mounts Car in Parking Lot; No Injuries Reported (Advance)
  • Eastchester, NY: Driving Home From Game 6, Joe Girardi Renders Aid at Crash Site (LoHud)
  • Smithtown, LI: Motorcyclist Charged With DWI After Passenger Falls Off, Hit by Driver (AP)
  • Tractor-Trailer Collides With SUV, Closes LIE for 12 Hours; 1 Injured (Newsday)
  • Stamford, CT: 12-Year-Old Struck, Critical; No Charges Expected (CT Post)
  • Jersey City: 6 Passengers Injured in NJ Transit Bus Crash (Jersey Jrnl)
  • Jersey City: Man Arrested for DWI After Halloween Crash Into Cemetery (Jersey Jrnl)
  • Branchburg, NJ: Woman Hit, Seriously Hurt Trying to Help Injured Deer (Reporter)
  • Clifton, NJ: Driver Misses Curve, Sails Into House (Record); Witty S-L Reader Commentary Ensues
  • Linden, NJ: 69-Year-Old Gas Station Attendant Attacked by Deadbeat Motorist (NJLN)
  • Edison, NJ: Road Worker’s Leg Crushed by Steamroller (S-L)

Following Up

  • Brooklyn: Officer Andrew Kelly Pleads Not Guilty for Vionique Valnord Death (News, Post, City Room)
  • Queens: Man Gets 34-to-Life for Trying to Run Down Cops With Stolen MTA SUV (Qns Trib, YourNabe)
  • Staten Island: Thousands Pay Tribute to 16-Year-Old Killed in One-Car Wreck (Post)
  • Nassau Co.: Man Gets 5-10 Years for DWI Crash That Maimed Queens Cop (News)
  • White Plains: Woman Sentenced to 1-3 Years for Killing Friend in DWI Crash (AP)

Out of Town

  • Los Angeles: Road Rage Doc Thompson Convicted for 2008 Assault on 2 Cyclists (Streetsblog)
  • Related: Civil Suit Filed by Victim Ron Peterson (AP)
  • Herkimer, NY: Man Struck, Killed While Trick-or-Treating With 8-Year-Old Son (AP)
  • Forestport, NY: Road Worker Holding Stop Sign Killed; No Immediate Charges (AP)
  • Galen, NY: Man Tries to Torch Car With Wife Inside (AP)
  • Carson City, NV: 3-Year-Old in Stroller Hit During Family Halloween Outing (Appeal)
  • Portland, OR: Man Guilty in Hit-and-Run of Pedicab Driven by Large Orange Rabbit (AP)
  • Dickinson, ND: 3 Missing College Softball Players Found in Submerged SUV (AP)
  • Berlin: Soldier Drives Car Into Fellow Troops, Injuring 13 (AP)
  • Sacramento Kings’ Andres Nocioni Arrested on Suspicion of DUI (
  • Tokyo: Brad Pitt Shops for New Motorcycle After LA Crash (AP)
  • Morgan Freeman Settles Civil Suit Stemming From 2008 Rollover (BBC)

Trends and Other News

  • Brooklyn: Student Speeders Terrorize Manhattan Beach (Post)
  • Staten Island: Following Death, Great Kills Residents Want Relief From Cut-Through Drivers (Advance)
  • NY State’s Watered-Down Texting Ban Now in Effect (NY1)
  • Cellphone Maker Garmin Pushes DWD as Product Selling Point (Streetsblog)
  • Text-Crash Teen: Every Kid I Know Texts While Driving (News)
  • Britain Gets Tougher on DWD, But Even Victims Still Sympathize With Killer Drivers (NYT)
  • Deadly Toyota Acceleration Defect “Goes Beyond Floor Mats” (Consumerist, Wheels)
  • Consumer Group Says Power Windows Dangerous to Kids; NHTSA: Meh (Wheels)
  • Many Drivers Apparently Don’t Expect Pedestrians in Parking Lots, Either (WaPo)

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