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 (7 Killed Since March 22, 59 This Year; 2 Drivers Charged*)

  • Port Morris: Two Men Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver on Bruckner Blvd. (News)
  • Related: Mott Haven Residents Slam 40th Precinct for Lack of Traffic Enforcement (DNA)
  • Prospect Heights: Irvin Gitlitz, 83, Hit by Tractor-Trailer Driver at Flatbush and Atlantic (Streetsblog 1, 2)
  • Elmhurst: Man Hit by MTA Bus Driver at 77th Street and Broadway (Streetsblog)
  • Long Island City: Juliana Busto, 22, Struck Crossing Laurel Hill Blvd.; “No Criminality” (Times Ledger)
  • Laurelton: 67-Year-Old Pedestrian Crossing Belt Parkway Killed by Motorcyclist (PostTimes Ledger)
  • East Flatbush: NYPD Officer Patrick Prince, 22, “Loses Control” of Car, Slamming Into Trees (News)**

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • East Flatbush: Driver Jumps Curb, Injures 10; Toddler Brain Dead; No Charges (Streetsblog)**
  • Prospect Lefferts Gardens: Dollar Van-Livery Cab Collision Leaves 11 Injured, Five Seriously (News)**
  • Crown Heights: Pedestrian Struck on Eastern Pkwy; CIS Responding (@NYScanner)
  • Greenwich Village: Two-Vehicle Crash Leaves NYU Bus on Sidewalk (Streetsblog)**
  • Sheepshead Bay: Three Injured by Curb-Jumping Driver; No Criminality (Post)**
  • Bay Ridge: Driver Hits Pedestrian on Fourth Ave., Causing Broken Arm and Head Trauma (Bklyn Paper)
  • Queens: Man Crossing Van Wyck Expressway Critically Injured by Driver (Post)
  • Rockaways: Driver With Suspended License “Loses Control,” Crashes Into Church (PostNewsNY1)**
  • Jackson Heights: Pedestrian in Crosswalk Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver (Post)
  • Charleston: Off-Duty Firefighter Busted for DWI After Slamming Head-On Into Vehicle (Post Blotter)
  • Flushing: Police Chase Ends in Crash After Wrong-Way Driving on Expressways (NY1)
  • Port Richmond: Drunk Driver Rear-Ends Vehicle, Shoots at Crash Victim, Flees (AdvancePost Blotter)
  • Jackson Heights: Cabbie, Passenger in DWI Hit-and-Run Try to Switch Identities (Gazette, Post)
  • Lower Manhattan: DJ Clue Stopped, Claims He Didn’t Know License Was Suspended (News)
  • New Dorp: Thief Goes for Joyride in Van With Keys in the Ignition Before Crashing (Post Blotter)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Holtsville, NY: Drunk Driver Arrested Fifth Time for Speeding Wrong Way on Highway Service Road (Post)
  • Princeton, NJ: Driver Who Killed Retired Princeton Rabbi Charged With Death By Auto (Times of Trenton)
  • Las Vegas, NV: Man Fatally Backs Over 6-Year-Old Granddaughter in Driveway (News)
  • Albany, GA: Woman Pinned By SUV She Left Idling Saved by 10-Year-Old Son, Niece (News)
  • Atlanta, GA: Unlicensed SUV Driver Crashes Through Guardrail, Plummeting 50 Feet Off Bridge (News)

Following Up, Other News

  • NYPD: 1,111 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 13 Killed in Traffic in February (Streetsblog)
  • Drivers Who Mowed Down Mansoor Day, Tenzin Drudak on Sidewalk Not to Face Charges (Post)
  • Bellevue ER Study: Half of Injured Peds Either on Sidewalk or Crossing With Signal (NYT, Streetsblog)
  • With NYPD Nowhere in Sight, Staten Islanders Hoping for School Speed Cams (Advance)
  • New Law in Virginia Makes Texting While Driving a Primary Offense, Raises Fines (TransNation)
  • New Device to Help Motorists Hide “Black Box” Data After a Crash (Wired)

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