19th Precinct Community Council Meeting
Laurence Renard and Jason King were both struck and killed by motorists on the Upper East Side during the last two months. Although it is unclear yet whether criminal charges will be pursued against Renard’s killer, it does not appear that criminal charges will be pursued against King’s killer–a truck driver who backed up through a crosswalk, dragging King 30 feet before he died. Police issued summonses to the driver for failing to secure his load or to carry a medical card–technical violations only. Why didn’t the officers of the 19th precinct issue summons to the driver for failure to use due care, driving too fast under the circumstances, and backing up unsafely? The decision not to issue these summonses hampers the D.A.’s ability to bring criminal charges, under the so-called “Rule of Two.”
And how can this apparent failure to properly issue summonses to killer motorists be squared with the summonsing of a cyclist turning right on red into a car-free Central Park at 5th Avenue and 90th Street earlier this month?
What are the 19th Precincts’ priorities in terms of writing traffic summonses?
Please join members of Transportation Alternatives’ East Side Volunteer Committee on February 7 to find answers to these questions at the 19th Precinct Community Council meeting.