The Weekly Carnage

The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle mayhem across the metro region. For more on the origins and purpose of this column, please read About the Weekly Carnage.

carnage_raulston_news.jpgCyclist Solange Raulston, 33, was killed on December 13 when she was hit by the driver of a flatbed truck at a Greenpoint intersection known to be hazardous to cyclists and pedestrians. The driver was not charged. Photo via Daily News
Fatal Crashes (21 Killed Since 12/4, 310 This Year*, 28 Drivers Charged**)
  • Brooklyn: Greenpoint Cyclist Killed by Truck Driver; No Charges (News, Post, Bklyn Paper, Gothamist)
  • Brooklyn: Hit-and-Run Driver Surrenders After Killing Pedestrian in Bay Ridge (NY1, Newsday)
  • Brooklyn: Elderly Pedestrian Dies in Sunset Park Hit-and-Run (News, Post, NY1)
  • Brooklyn: Elderly Pedestrian Struck by Ambulance at Intersection Built for Speed (Streetsblog)
  • Bronx: Driver Killed in Three-Vehicle Crash Involving Tom Brokaw (NYT)
  • New Rochelle: Man Exits Limo After Argument, Hit by Three Drivers (LoHud)
  • Putnam Co.: 1 Killed in Head-On Collision on Icy Road (LoHud, CT Post)
  • Yorktown: 1 Killed After Driving Into Utility Pole (LoHud)
  • LI: 2 Pedestrians Killed in Lindenhurst, Ronkonkoma (Newsday 1, 2)
  • Bay Shore, LI: Pedestrian Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver (Newsday)
  • Mastic Beach, LI: Three-Vehicle Collision With Two School Buses Kills Truck Driver (Newsday)
  • Center Moriches, LI: 1 Killed, 4 Hurt in Two-Vehicle Crash (Newsday)
  • Wantagh, LI: 1 Killed in Drag Racing Crash; 2 Charged With Manslaughter (Newsday)
  • Jersey City: Driver With History of Seizures Crashes Into House, Dies (Jersey Jrnl)
  • Irvington, NJ: Man Changing Tire on Garden State Pkwy Killed in Hit-and-Run (NJLN)
  • Paramus, NJ: Truck Driver Killed in Three-Vehicle Collision (S-L)
  • Bloomsbury, NJ: Man Dies After Driving Under Tractor-Trailer (S-L)
  • Belleville, NJ: Driver, 20, Killed, Passenger Injured in One-Car Crash (S-L)
  • Secaucus, NJ: Man Pinned to Building by His Own Van (Jersey Jrnl)
  • Oxford, CT: Motorcyclist Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash (CT Post)

carnage_suvinstore_advance.jpgPhoto: Staten Island Advance
Arrests, Injuries and Property Damage

  • Unlicensed Driver Severely Injures 2 Brooklyn Teens; Charged With Assault, DWI (PIX, News 1, 2)
  • Queens: Off-Duty NYPD Detective Smashes Car Into Midtown Tunnel Toll Plaza (Post)
  • SI: Elderly Driver Crashes Into Store, Pinning Shopper Beneath SUV (Advance)
  • Manhattan: 2 Cabs Crash Into NYU Scaffolding (Gothamist)
  • Bronx: Motorist Assaults TEA Over Parking "Grace Period" (Streetsblog)
  • Bronx: Off-Duty Cop Injured in Collision With DWI Woman (Post)
  • SI: Mom Arrested After DWI Crash With Kids in Car (News)
  • SI: Unlicensed Driver Busted for Possession; DWI Suspect Flips SUV (Post)
  • SI: Woman Hospitalized After Flipping SUV on Hylan Blvd in Midland Beach (Advance)
  • SI: Driver Who Got Cops' Attention by Driving 10 MPH Arrested for DWI (Advance)
  • SI: 3 Drivers in Separate Incidents Arrested for Driving Drunk, High (Advance)
  • Weehawken: Crashed Tractor Trailer Clogs Lincoln Tunnel Traffic (WPIX)
  • Hoboken: Federal Officer Charged With DWI, Leaving Scene After Crash (Jersey Jrnl)
  • Brentwood, LI: Cyclist Hit, Seriously Injured (Newsday)
  • Shelton, CT: Weather Blamed for 50-Car Collision That Injures Scores (CT Post)
  • Metuchen, NJ: Pedestrian Hit, Critically Injured Near Train Station; No Charges (S-L)
  • Union City, NJ: Woman Tries to Run Over Husband With Kids in Car (Jersey Jrnl)

Following Up

  • "Leandra's Law" Takes Effect Today (NY1)
  • Victims, Electeds, Advos Want Tougher Punishment for Unlicensed Drivers (Streetsblog)
  • Brooklyn: B41 Ped Fatality an Apparent Hit-and-Run; Driver in the Clear (Post)
  • Family of Pedestrian Killed by Off-Duty Detective Sues NYPD, Feds (R'dale Press, Post)
  • Queens: Astoria Residents, Electeds Rally for a Safer 21st Ave (Queens Gazette, Your Nabe)
  • SI: Driver Convicted in 2007 DWI Crash That Killed Pataki Aide (Advance)
  • Newark: Truck Driver in Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Death Located, Not Charged (S-L)
  • Lawsuit Filed in Diane Schuler Crash (City Room)
  • Milford, CT: Speeding Cop in Crash That Killed 2 Teens Fired (CT Post)

carnage_weezeraccident1209.jpgPhotos via Gothamist
Out of Town
  • Dallas, TX: Three Girls, 16, 14, and 12, Killed Trying to Cross "Urban Highway" (Dallas MN)
  • Chicago: Unwitting Cyclist Killed in Road Rage Conflict (ATA)
  • Anchorage, AK: Drunk Driver Indicted in Crash First Blamed on Dead Cyclist (BCA)
  • Philadelphia: 2 Charged With Murder for Sidewalk Crash That Killed Mom and 3 Kids (AP)
  • Fallsburg, NY: 4 Killed in One-Car Wreck; Speeding Suspected (Newsday)
  • Syracuse: Nurse Run Down in Hit-and-Run Outside Hospital; Teen Driver Arrested (AP 1, 2)
  • Italian Police Wreck Lamborghini Patrol Car (Wheels)
  • Berbiguieres, FR: Driver Walks for DWI Crash That Killed 4, Including Wife, Stepdaughter (Telegraph)
  • Weezer Singer Rivers Cuomo Injured in Albany-Area Tour Bus Crash (Gothamist)
  • Sylvan, MI: Former "American Idol" Contestant Dies in One-Car Wreck (Post)
  • St. Louis: Cardinals' Third Baseman David Freese Arrested for DWI (AP)
  • Charlotte, NC: Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry Killed After Falling From Pickup (Post)

Trends and Other News

  • Silent Carnage: Air Quality Tests Show NYers at Risk From Vehicle Emissions (Streetsblog)
  • Teen-Targeted DWI Program Created by Maureen McCormick Goes Citywide (News)
  • Speeding Drivers Boost Crash Rate on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (Post)  
  • Study Links Homicides and Traffic Fatality Rates (PubMed)
  • Tax Court Judge Allows Man to Write Off DWI Truck Damage (WSJ)
  • For Decades, Mobile Industry Has Peddled Phones as Distracted Driving Devices (Streetsblog)
* Since the week of June 8
** Drivers charged for deaths since the week of June 8, based on latest available reports