Wednesdays Headlines: The Hit-and-Runs Keep Coming Edition
Yesterday the cops arrested the hit-and-run driver who allegedly killed 59-year-old Milton Storch as he sat in front of a bodega on Saturday. The woman, 26-year-old Kiani Phoenix, who was reportedly trying to use her Honda sedan as a weapon to kill someone else when she hit Storch, ranted “incoherently” when she was taken into custody for a psychiatric evaluation, according to the Daily News. ABC7 also covered the arrest.
In other hit-and-run news, the Village Sun profiled the 44-year-old man, Gavin Lee, who was killed recently by a hit-and-run cyclist as Lee crossed Eighth Avenue in Chelsea. The cyclist remains at large, despite a blurry Crimestoppers photo of a guy with a yellow shirt and a man bun.
In yet another incident, a 25-year-old dirt biker took off after he crashed his vehicle into a rollerblader on the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk on Monday, ejecting his 26-year-old passenger, who hit his head and died. Cops are looking for him, too. (NYDN, NYPost)
Meanwhile, a Staten Island man who tried to escape after crashing his car into a parked car at the Jersey shore last year pleaded guilty to DWI and other charges. (SI Advance)
In other news:
- Paging City Council Transportation Committee head Selvena Brooks-Powers! We know anecdotally that the NYPD doesn’t enforce the VTL, but a Friend of Streetsblog tweeted the proof in raw numbers. Hearing? (Via Twitter)
NYPD Traffic used to write hundreds of tickets for idling each week now they write 2 or 3.@CMBrooksPowers We need an oversight hearing to find out why NYPD Traffic is systematically ignoring idling and things like placard abuse and sidewalk parking. pic.twitter.com/M7axOHcoVq
— Jehiah (@jehiah) August 29, 2022
- A Daily New op-ed argues that the state must mitigate any unintended emissions consequences of congestion pricing.
- Where is Times Square? That’s at issue in a local gun-ban bill. (Gothamist)
Happening now in the City Council: New signs to be installed at “every entry point” to Times Square starting this Thursday, Sept. 1 —> pic.twitter.com/hkQAcaWVAV
— Bernadette Hogan (@bern_hogan) August 30, 2022
- Evoking Whitman, The Times writes a paean to the Brooklyn ferry.
- Show your support for more bike infrastructure in Northeast Queens: Sign the petition.
- The city finally is launching its taxi-medallion debt-relief program. (amNY, Crains)
- City and State supports congestion pricing, with exemptions.
- Finally, congratulations to New York Focus, for co-publishing its first article with us. (Via Twitter)
NEW: E-bikes are more eco-friendly than electric cars, but national Democrats dropped them after months of wrangling. New York could be poised to step in.
— New York Focus (@nysfocus) August 30, 2022