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 (1 Killed This Week, 61 This Year; 2 Drivers Charged*)

  • Harlem: Taja Johnson, 21, Struck, Possibly Dragged by Unlicensed Livery Cab Driver; Driver Charged With Leaving the Scene (PostDNA)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Mott Haven: 85-Year-Old Injures Four Pedestrians on Sidewalk; No Criminality (GothamistNY1Post)**
  • University Heights: Motorcyclist Hits, Injures Bicyclist (DNA)
  • Williamsburg: Pedestrian Hit on Sidewalk by Driver “Trying to Avoid Traffic” (NY1, @NYScanner)**
  • Borough Park: Child Struck by Motorcyclist (@NYScanner)
  • Clifton: Pedestrian’s Legs Crushed, Second Critically Injured in Hit-and-Run (Advance)
  • Boerum Hill: 13-Year-Old Boy Hit at Pacific Street and Fourth Avenue (DNA)
  • Fort Greene: Cyclist Injured by Unmarked Police Cruiser Billed $1,263 for Car Repairs (Post)
  • Flatbush: Hit-and-Run Driver Seriously Injures Pedestrian at Ocean Parkway (News)
  • Hell’s Kitchen: Tow Truck Bursts Into Flames (Post)
  • Midtown: Garbage Truck Driver Crashes Into Scaffolding (@NYScanner)
  • East Flatbush: Motorcyclist Struck, Possibly Killed in Crash (@NYScanner)

The intersection of East 149th Street and Bergen Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, where an 85-year-old jumped the curb, hitting four pedestrians. The driver was not charged. Photo: Google Maps

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Youngstown, OH: Queens Children, 2 and 7, Killed in Crash with Tractor-Trailer; Parents Critical (News)
  • Wall Twp, NJ: Two Killed in Single-Car Crash Into Tree (
  • Glassboro, NJ: Pedestrian Hit by Possibly Drunk Driver Suffers Brain Injury (So. Jersey Times)
  • Washington Twp, NJ: Two Seriously Injured After Ejected From Vehicle (So. Jersey Times)
  • Nassau Co., NY: Driver Accused of DWI Cop Killing Indicted for Vehicular Homicide (L.I. Press)

Following Up

  • Denim McLean, 2, Dies Days After Crash; Mother Still In Coma (Streestblog)
  • SI Hit-and-Run Killer Gets Six Month Jail Sentence, Loss of License for Five Years (Advance)
  • Family of Ryo Oyamada, Killed by NYPD, Continues to Be Astounded by NYPD Indifference (Gothamist)
  • Javier Ines-Flores, 26, and Rodrigo Galeana, 23, Identified as Bronx Hit-and-Run Victims (News)
  • Mott Haven Residents Rally for Safe Streets and Truck Enforcement (Streetsblog)
  • Jumaane Williams Calls for Speed Cams in Wake of Toddler’s Death (Streetsblog)
  • Shirley Shea, 78, Died 10 Months After Hit by Bus Driver on Upper West Side (Streetsblog)

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