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 (12 Killed This Week, 255 This Year*, 25 Drivers Charged**)

  • Brooklyn: Memorial Set for Eliseo Martinez, Cyclist Killed in September (Ghost Bikes)
  • Greenburgh, NY: Cycling Advocate Killed by Bus; Driver Back on the Job (LoHud 1, 2)
  • Bohemia, LI: Man Thrown From Back Seat in Crash, Body Not Found for Hours (Newsday)
  • Truck Driver in Last Week’s LIE Collision Dies From Injuries (Newsday)
  • Newark: Unidentified Pedestrian Hit, Killed (S-L)
  • Roselle Park, NJ: Pedestrian Dies in Hit-and-Run; Police Looking for Killer (S-L)
  • Old Bridge, NJ: 14-Year-Old Cyclist Killed by 17-Year-Old Driver (S-L)
  • East Amwell, NJ: Man Killed Walking Home From Work; No Charges Expected (Hunterdon CD)
  • Montvale, NJ: Minivan Driver Strikes 75-Year-Old Pedestrian (S-L)
  • East Orange, NJ: 2 Men Attending to Stalled Vehicle Hit by Passing Driver; 1 Dead (S-L)
  • North Brunswick, NJ: SUV Driver Dies After Colliding With School Bus (S-L)
  • Hamilton, NJ: Speeding Driver Killed in One-Car Crash (S-L)
  • Bethel, CT: 85-Year-Old Dies After Rear-Ending Pickup (CT Post)

IMG_5980.jpgA collision with a livery cab sent a pickup truck into a Clinton Hill mosque. Photo: Robin Urban Smith

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Manhattan: Brake Failure Cited as Concrete Truck Hits Cars, Building; 10 Hurt (Streetsblog, Post)
  • Manhattan: City Buses Collide in Midtown; 9 Injured (Gothamist)
  • Brooklyn: Driver Distracted by Cellphone Crashes Into Truck, Injuring 2 (Post)
  • Brooklyn: Unidentified Pedestrian Critically Injured in Ditmas Park (Post)
  • Staten Island: One-Car Crash Leaves Minivan on Its Roof (Advance)
  • White Plains: Pedestrian Paralyzed From Chest Down; No Charges for Driver (LoHud)
  • Manorville, LI: 81-Year-Old Driver Seriously Hurt in One-Car Crash (Newsday)
  • Nassau Co.: Drunk Driver Clocked at 105 MPH on Meadowbrook Pkwy. (Newsday)
  • Carle Place, LI: Man Ticketed for Speeding Harasses Trooper’s Mom (Newsday)
  • Newark: Pedestrian Hit by Dump Truck Driver, in Critical Condition (S-L)
  • Newark: Van Driver Is Sixth to Hit Same House in Four Years (S-L)
  • Milford, CT: Driver Plows Into Nail Salon, Injuring 8 (CT Post)
  • Kenilworth, NJ: 6-Year-Old Pedestrian Hospitalized After Collision (NJLN)
  • Sayreville, NJ: Seton Hall Basketball Player Charged in DWI Crash (S-L)

Following Up

  • Institutional Dysfunction Linked to Deadly Behavior at MTA and NYPD (Streetsblog)
  • Related: Raging Bus Driver Who Killed Seth Kahn Ticketed for Failure to Yield (News)
  • Related: 170 Bus Drivers Caught Texting-While-Driving This Year (News)
  • Related: Unions Cites Shift Structure as Cause of Rampant Drunk Driving by NYPD Detectives (News)
  • Albany Reluctant to Protect Kids From Drunk Drivers (Observer, Post, News 1, 2)
  • Villager: City Needs Safer Bike Lanes; Legislature Should Pass Leandra’s Law
  • Smithtown, LI: Cops Looking for Driver Who Ran Over Motorcycle Passenger (Newsday)
  • Taconic Wrong-Way Tragedy Officially Devolves Into Soap Opera Spectacle (Newsday)
  • Suffolk Co.: Kids of Officer Killed by DWI Driver Receive College Grant (Newsday)
  • Milford, CT: Cop in Collision That Killed 2 Teens Charged With Manslaughter (CT Post)

Out of Town

  • Rincon, Puerto Rico: Long Islander Charged With DWI in “Car-Surfing” Death (Newsday)
  • Ellenville, NY: Medical Examiner Charged With Driving Drunk to Crash Site (AP)
  • Oklahoma City: Elephant Escapes Circus, Hit by SUV (AP)
  • La Marque, TX: Man Reaching for Phone Drives $1M Bugatti Into Marsh; Blames Pelican (AP)
  • San Francisco: Trucker Dies in 200-Foot Plummet From Bay Bridge (AP)
  • Miami, FL: Lawrence Taylor Arrested After Hit-and-Run Collision (News)

Trends and Other News

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