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 (2 killed this week, 77 this year, 9 drivers charged*)

  • Flatlands: Motorcyclist Delmar Griffith, 41, Killed By SUV Driver Making Illegal U-Turn (Post Blotter)
  • West 29th Street: Cyclist Marilyn Dershowitz, 68, Fatally Struck By Mail Truck Driver (News 1, 2)
  • Chinatown: NYPD Auxiliary Van Driver Jumps Curb, Kills Kok Hoe Tee, 55 (DNAinfo)**
  • Soho: Bar Owner Ray Deter, 53, Dies from Injuries After Driver Hit Him on His Bike (News)**

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Kew Gardens: Driver Backing Into Parking Spot Critically Injures 92-Year-Old Woman; Issued Summons for Careless Driving (ABC, CBS NY)
  • Harlem: Cab Driver Hits 10-Year-Old Boy; Impact Throws Him Under Parked Car (DNAinfo, News)
  • Downtown: Motorcyclist Injured Crashing Bike on FDR Drive (DNAinfo)
  • LES: Van Driver Seriously Injures Pedestrian on Houston Street; No Charges Expected (DNAinfo)
  • UWS: Drunk Driver Caught Speeding on Hudson Henry Parkway Leads Police Chase Over GW Bridge (Post Blotter)
  • Edenwald: Carjacker Takes Victims on Drunken Joyride (Post Blotter)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Garden State Parkway: Three SI Teens Killed, Four Injured After Their SUV Crashed, Overturned; Survivor Says Other Driver Was Speeding (News, Post)
  • Shelter Island, NY: Man Charged With DWI After Driving Go-Kart With Two Kids Onto Highway (Post)
  • Jersey City: Cyclist Seriously Injured in Crash With Flatbed Tow Truck (Jersey Journal)

Following Up

  • SI Man Whose Son Was Killed in Drunk Driving Crash Pleads Guilty to DWI Charges in Separate Incident (Advance)
  • SUV Driver Who Hit 6-Year-Old in Queens Arraigned on DWI, Vehicular Assault Charges (YourNabe)
  • No Charges From Cy Vance for Killing of Yolanda Casal (Streetsblog)
  • Driver of Fatal Chinatown-Bound Bus Crash Charged with Four Felony Counts; Could Face Up to 10 Years (DNAinfo)

Other News

  • Dershowitz Death Illuminates Dangers Faced By Greenway-Bound Cyclists (Streetsblog)
  • Legislature Passes Distracted Driving Bill With Weaker Penalty Than Cuomo’s (Streetsblog)
  • Review of Distracted Driving Research Finds Drivers Are “Frequently” Distracted… (PR Newswire)
  • …But the iPhone Apps for Drivers Keep Coming (News)

* Based on latest available reports
** As these crashes occurred prior to last Friday, they are not reflected in the weekly figure.