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.

A casino tour bus crash on I-95 in the Bronx killed 15 passengers. The driver, who had a history of license suspensions, has not been charged. Photo: News

Fatal Crashes (18 killed this week, 39 this year, 3 drivers charged*)

  • Brooklyn: Private Sanitation Truck Kills Pedestrian at Broadway and Myrtle; Police: “No Criminality Suspected” (Streetsblog, WSJ)
  • Maspeth: Ciban Pilaxi, 22, Crushed by Tractor Trailer in Recycling Warehouse (News)
  • Maspeth: Motorcyclist Killed After Losing Control of Vehicle on Long Island Expressway (YourNabe)
  • Bronx: 15 Killed When Casino Tour Bus Driver With Prior Suspensions Crashes on I-95; No Charges, License Suspended Again (Post, Times)
  • Related: Bus Company Cited With Serious Safety Violations in Past Year (MyFoxNY)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Midtown: Van Catches Fire, Possibly From Bomb (Gothamist)
  • Park Slope: Driver Speeding on 5th Avenue Slams Into Police Cruiser, Injuring 2 (Brooklyn Paper)
  • Upper East Side: Driver Cuts Off Other Driver Then Hits Victim’s Car, Head With Metal Pipe (Post Blotter)
  • Queens: Motorist Refuses to Pay for Repairs, Slashes Tow-Truck Driver (Post Blotter)

A driver speeding on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope slammed into a police cruiser, injuring 2. Photo: Streetsblog reader Joanna Oltman Smith

In the Region, Out of Town

  • East Brunswick, NJ: Tour Bus Driver, Passenger Killed, Dozens Injured in Crash on NJ Turnpike (YourNabe, News)
  • Wantagh Parkway, LI: Brooklyn Teenage Driver Arrested After Police Chase Ends in Crash (MyFoxNY)
  • Cincinnati:  NYC Woman Killed in Taxi Hit by SUV Driver During Police Chase (WSJ)
  • Chestnut Ridge, NY: 1 Killed, 4 Injured After Crashing Car Into a Tree (LoHud)
  • NJ Turnpike: Bolt Bus Driver Charged With DWI, Speeding After Passenger Calls 9-1-1 (MyFoxNY)
  • Blairstown Township: Driver Charged With Leaving the Scene After Vehicle Flipped on Route 94 (Warren Reporter)
  • Former Buffalo Sabres Player Rick Martin Killed in Crash in Akron, NY (Times)
  • LSD Icon Owsley ‘Bear’ Stanley Killed in Car Crash in Australia (News)
  • Branchburg Township: Motorcyclist Injured When He “Failed to Negotiate a Turn” (Messenger-Gazette)
  • UK Ice Hockey Star Sentenced to Six Years for Killing 76-Year-Old in Drunk Driving/Texting Crash (FoxSports)
  • Islip, NY: Woman Arrested for Driving While Intoxicated With 4-Month-Old Son (CBS Local)
  • Norwalk, CT: Manhattan Man Drives Drunk, Crashes Into 3 Parked Cars and a Light Pole (Stamford Advocate)

NYC Street Memorial Project's 6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk. Photo:Dmitry Gudkov

Following Up

  • Street Safety Advocates Mark Another Year of Pedestrian and Cyclist Fatalities (Gothamist)
  • Queens Couple Almost Killed by Drag Racers on Belt Parkway Still Looking for Culprits (News)

Other News

  • SI Advance Acknowledges Red Light Cameras May Have Safety Benefits; Lists Locations (Advance)
  • One-Day NYPD Crackdown on Drivers Using Cell Phones Yields Over 6,200 Tickets (NY1)

* Fatalities within the five boroughs.  Information based on latest available reports.