The Weekly Carnage

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

Fatal Crashes (2 killed this week, 41 this year, 4 drivers charged*)

  • Jackson Heights: Drivers Collide, Kill 82-Year-Old Pedestrian Margaret Choborka; No Charges (News)
  • Hit-And-Run Driver Kills Bronx Pedestrian (News)
  • Hollis: Argument Between Two Drivers Ends in Gunfire (Post)**

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Tractor Trailer Overturns on New Jersey Side of the Lincoln Tunnel (DNAinfo)
  • Park Slope: Man Driving With a Suspended License Runs Six Red Lights Trying to Escape Cops (BK Paper)
  • Queens: Two School Bus Drivers Arrested for Fraudulently Obtaining Licenses (Post)
  • Staten Island: Driver Injured in Crash on Capodanno Boulevard (Advance)
  • Harlem: Eight Pre-K Students Hospitalized After Car Crashes Into School Bus (DNAinfo)
  • Bronx: Eight Arrested for Staging June Car Crash, Collecting Fraudulent Insurance Claims (NY1, News)
  • Upper West Side: Three-Car Crash Ends With Taxi in Phone Booth (DNAinfo)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • New Hampshire: Queens-Based Charter Bus Overturns on Highway; 23 Injured (Post)
  • Fort Worth, TX: Crash Leaves 18-Wheeler Hanging Off the Edge of a Highway Ramp (News)
  • Trenton: Couple Crashes Car Attempting to Flee Gunfire (Times of Trenton)
  • Palm Beach, FL: Jets Owner Woody Johnson on Crutches After Getting Hit By Driver While Biking (News)
  • Swan Lake, NY: Man Jailed for Showing Up to DWI Hearing Drunk and Carrying Alcohol (News)
  • Ramapo, NY: Teen Killed, 2 Injured in Single-Car Crash Into Utility Poles (ABC Local)

Following Up

  • Passenger Hurt in Bronx Bus Crash Files $200M Suit; Driver Claims He Was Awake and Sober (News, NYT)
  • Drunk, Possibly Drugged Police Officer Caused Park Slope Crash That Injured Two Officers (Post, Park Slope Patch)
  • Friends and Family Remember the Life of Eric Perry, Killed in Staten Island Fire Truck Collision (NY1)
  • Ex-TV Reporter Acquitted of Charges for Slapping Diplomat’s Driver Over a Parking Spot (AP)
  • Nearly 7 Out of Every 10 Drivers Sentenced Under Leandra’s Law Have Been Convicted (News)

Other News

  • Tri-State Transportation Campaign Ranks Broadway, Atlantic Avenue the Most Dangerous Streets for Pedestrians (Metro)
  • Senators Ask Apple to Ban Apps Helping Drivers Avoid DUI Checkpoints (HuffPo, Wheels)
  • Porsche’s New Ad Campaign: Car Not Just a “Weekend Joyride,” Now Good for Picking Up Kids (WSJ)
  • Audi and T-Mobile Team Up to Make Sedans Mobile Hotspots, Enabling Web-Based Functions, Yet More Distracted Driving (Wheels)
  • Related: Car Companies Vie for Supremacy in Distracted Driving Arms Race (Streetsblog Network)
  • DOT Wants Law Requiring Rear-View Cameras To Keep Drivers From Backing Over Kids (CBS)
  • Mercedes-Benz Thinks It Can Make Teens Better Drivers With Its “Innovative Driver’s Education” Academy (PR Newswire)
  • Unlicensed Drivers of Private Cars a Far Bigger Threat Than Tour Bus Drivers (Streetsblog)
  • MADD Supports Senators Udall and Corker for Introducing Bill Authorizing Funding for Anti-Drunk Driving Technology (PR Newswire)

*Fatalities within the five boroughs. Information based on latest available reports.

**Due to the cause of death, this incident is not reflected in the weekly figure.