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 (4 Killed This Week, 24 This Year; 0 Drivers Charged*)

  • Hell’s Kitchen: Shu Ying Liu, 69, Killed in Hit-and-Run By Private Dump Truck Driver (Streetsblog)
  • Related: CHEKPEDS, CB 9 Ask DOT to Ban Right Turns on 41st St. During Non-Peak Hours (DNA)
  • Midland Beach: Bujar Hasimja, 72, Killed Crossing Street, Wife Seriously Injured; No Charges (Streetsblog)
  • Harlem: Two-Vehicle Crash Kills Passenger Litseth Ventura, 46, Injures Four, Including One Pedestrian (DNA)**
  • Central Park: Jack Krugman, 68, Crashes After Losing Control of Motorcycle (News)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • East New York: Driver Pins Pedestrian Between Two Poles, Severing Her Leg; “No Criminality” (Post)**
  • Morris Park: Driver Hits, Seriously Injures Woman Near Holland and Lydig Avenues (DNA)
  • Borough Park: Pedestrian Struck, Pinned Under Vehicle (@NYScanner)
  • Chinatown: Elderly Woman Struck Crossing Bowery, “No Criminality” (DNA)
  • Bushwick: Pedestrian Struck, Critically Injured By MTA Bus Driver While Crossing Three-Way Intersection (Gothamist)
  • Soho: Cab Driver Crashes Into Fire Hydrant (@BrooklynSpoke)
  • East New York: Pedestrian Struck, Pinned Under SUV; “No Criminality Suspected” (DNA)
  • Theatre District: Multiple Injuries Following Crash at W. 51st and 8th Ave.; AIS Dispatched (@NYScanner)
  • Clinton Hill: Two Injured When Driver Crashes, Flips Truck Near Pratt (DNA)**
  • Norwood: NYPD Officer Struck, Injured By Driver Who Fled (@NYScanner)
  • Howard Beach: Seven Injured in Two-Car Crash on Belt Parkway (DNA)
  • Old Town: Man Arrested for Reckless Driving, Blowing Through Red Light to Evade Police (Post Blotter)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Thiells, NY: 18-Year-Old Man Killed After Crashing Car Into Tree (LoHud)
  • Perth Amboy, NJ: Driver Arrested in Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Crash (
  • San Bernardino, CA: Tour Bus Involved in Crash That Killed Seven and Injured Dozens Had History of Maintenance Problems (News)
  • Old Bridge, NJ: Driver of Commuter Bus That Overturned School Bus and Injured 35 Charged With Careless Driving (
  • Hazlet Twp, NJ: Passenger Killed, Driver, Other Passenger Injured in Single-Car Crash on Garden State Parkway (

Following Up, Other News

  • Family of Jessica Dworkin, Run Down on Her Scooter, Sues Trucking Company, Driver for Her Death (News)
  • Man Pleads Guilty to DWI, Assault in Hit-and-Run Death of Roger Hernandez (Sunnyside PostPost)
  • NYPD Acknowledges Motorists as a Threat to Times Square Pedestrians (NYT)
  • Scared by Dangerous Traffic? Take a Xanax (Streetsblog)
  • Manhattan Party Boy Throws Going-Away Bash; Doesn’t Tell Anyone It’s for Hit-and-Run Jail Time (Post)

*Based on latest available reports
**Incident in which a vehicle left the roadway