The Weekly Carnage

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

Fatal Crashes (1 Killed Since 3/26, 37 This Year, 7 Drivers Charged*)

  • Williamsbridge, Bronx: 40-Year-Old Pedestrian, Known as “Nevel,” Killed Walking His Bike When Driver Jumps Curb, Pinning Him to Church on White Plains Road; Charges Unknown (Bronx News)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Breaking: NYCDOT Employee Injured in Chelsea Work Zone by Hit-and-Run Driver
  • Crotona Park: Driver Runs Over Unidentified Pedestrian, Arrested for Leaving Scene (Post Blotter)
  • Upper East Side: Elderly Woman Hit by City Bus Driver; No Known Charges (NY1)
  • Midtown: Swiss Man Hits Pedestrian, Cab With Stolen Car (Post Blotter)
  • East Village: SUV Driver Jumps Curb; 5 Reported Hurt (Streetsblog)
  • Chelsea: Bike Messenger Chases Down, Attacks Limo Driver After Hit-and-Run (Post)
  • Clinton Hill: Pedestrian Assaulted by Driver Who Almost Ran Him Down (Bklyn Paper)
  • Brooklyn: Cop at BQE DWI Stop Hit by Second Drunk Driver, Breaking Both Legs (News, Post)
  • Laurelton: Women Steal Idling NYPD Cruiser During Traffic Stop (Gothamist)
  • Inwood: Traffic Agent Vehicle Shot by Perp Wielding Pellet Gun (WABC)
  • Crown Heights: Dollar Cab and City Bus Collide, Injuring 9 (NY1)
  • Cobble Hill: Two Crashes, Three Drivers, One Yellow Cab, One Car Into Building (Bklyn Eagle)
  • East Elmhurst: Driver Taking Friend With Gunshot Wound to Hospital Crashes Car (WABC)
  • Upper West Side: Facade of Parking Garage Wall Collapses; No Injuries Reported (City Room)

Following Up

  • Bronx: Memorial Ride, Ghost Bike Installation for Megan Charlop Scheduled for Saturday (BNN)
  • Related: Charlop Remembered as Indomitable Humanitarian (Norwood News 1, 2, WNYC)
  • Bronx: Loved Ones of Ana Estevez Honored by Effort to Improve Broadway Stretch (R’dale Press)
  • Brooklyn Hit-and-Run Victim Erinn Phelan Still Comatose, Moved to Boston Facility (News)
  • Brooklyn: Family of Vionique Valnord Sues NYPD, Alleging Cover-Up in DWI Death (Post, NY1)
  • SI: Reckless Driver Joseph Catrama to Serve 3 Months for Killing Nathan Pakow in ’09 (Advance)
  • Manhattan: Cabbie Gets Probation for Criminally Negligent Homicide in ’06 Crash (NYT, News, Post)
  • Related: Family of Victim Danielle Rico Says Killer Hassan Afzal Shows No Remorse (Advance)
  • Queens: Drunk Driver Who Killed 1 and Injured 3 in Separate ’05 Hit-and-Runs Gets 21 Years (YN)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Mount Pleasant: NYPD Officer Dies in One-Car Crash on Suburban Route 9 (News)
  • Bethpage: Mother, 11-Year-Old Daughter Killed in Multi-Vehicle Collision (AP)
  • Jersey City: Couple Slain in Apparent Botched Carjacking (Post, WABC)
  • Manchester: 17 Injured in Chain-Reaction Crash on Thruway (AP)
  • Mount Vernon: Unlicensed, Speeding Driver Lands on Train Tracks After Cyclist Near-Miss (WINS)
  • Rockville Center: MTA Bus Driver Assaults Supervisor Who Caught Him on Cell Phone (Gothamist)
  • LI: Pot-Smoking Driver Arrested on Meadowbrook State Parkway (Gothamist)
  • Yonkers: Man, 77, Ignores Barricades, Drives Into Flood Waters (WABC)
  • South Hadley, MA: Brooklynites’ Nearly Fatal Drunken Joyride All in Good Fun (News)
  • Miami, FL: Cyclist Killer Carlos Bertonatti Sped From Scene at 80 MPH (New Times)

Other News

  • New York City Transit to Bus-Dodging Pedestrians: Cross With Caution (Streetsblog)
  • New Jersey, One of America’s Worst Places to Walk, to Require Full Stop for Peds (Inquirer via HWD)
  • Feds Want $16M From Toyota for Failing to Report Accelerator Defect (NYT)
  • Related: Hype Over Sticky Pedals Belies More Common Vehicle Problems (NYT)
  • At Least Three Tata Nanos Have Burst Into Flames (Wheels)
  • IIHS: Motorcycle Training Doesn’t Deter Riders From Risky Behavior (Wheels)
  • Drinking and Driving: How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? (NYT)

* Based on latest available reports