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 truck driver crashed into a post office in Downtown Manhattan after having a seizure. Photo: DNAinfo

Fatal Crashes (2 killed this week, 79 this year, 10 drivers charged*)

  • Fort Greene: Clara Heyworth, 28, Killed By Drunk Driver While Crossing the Street (The Local, Observer)
  • East Flatbush: Motorcylist Esan Wallerson, 39, Killed in Crash With Cadillac Driver; No Charges (Post Blotter)
  • Kew Gardens: Fight Over Double-Parked Car Ends in Fatal Shooting (Post)**

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Downtown: Truck Driver Has Seizure, Crashes Into Two Vehicles, Post Office (DNAinfo)
  • Bronx: Corvette Driver Involved in Grand Concourse Crash Caught on Video Leaving the Scene (Animal NY)
  • S. Williamsburg: Oil Truck Driver Smashes Into Divider on BQE (NY Buff)
  • Wakefield: Woman Barely Survives Driving Off Bronx River Parkway Into River (CBS NY)
  • Midland Beach: Drunk Driver Leads 90 MPH Police Chase on Father Capodanno Boulevard (Post Blotter)
  • Willowbrook: Drunk Driver on Beer Run Crashes at Red Light, Drives Away and Parks Car (Post Blotter)
  • Midtown: Drunk Driver Critically Injures Girlfriend After Running Her Over, Fleeing Scene (News, DNAinfo)
  • Jamaica: Traffic Agent Attacked By Drivers for Issuing Summons (Post Blotter)

A woman was run down in Midtown by her boyfriend, who fled the scene and later overturned his car. Photo: News

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Jersey City: Pedestrian Fatally Impaled on Fence in High-Speed Crash, Possibly a Drag Race (Gothamist)
  • North Plainfield, NJ: Cyclist Trapped Under Pickup Truck After Driver “Failed to See Her” (News)
  • Massapequa, NY: Dad Charged Under Leandra’s Law After Driving High on Drugs With Kids in the Car (CBS NY)
  • Tour-de-France: France Télévisions Car Driver Ignores Orders to Pull Over, Clips Riders, Sending One Into Barbed Wire Fence (NYT)
  • Jakarta, Indonesia: Two Truck Drivers Crash Into Wedding Party Tent, Killing 16 and Injuring 13 (AP)
  • Glendale, CA: Woman Runs Down Ex-Boyfriend Twice in Parking Lot (News)

Following Up

  • Cy Vance’s Office Allows Family Access to Video of Marilyn Dershowitz Crash (DNAinfo)
  • Unlicensed Driver Pays the Price for Killing Laurence Renard: $500 (Streetsblog)
  • Family Mourns Death of Man Mowed Down by Curb-Jumping NYPD Van Driver in Chinatown (DNAinfo)

Other News

  • Walk Signal Goes Haywire in Kensington, Gets Fixed; Rest of Coney Island Ave Still Terrifying (News)
  • With Plenty of Fanfare, Cuomo Toughens New York’s Distracted Driving Law (Streetsblog)
  • Georgia Mom Convicted of Vehicular Homicide For Crossing Street With Kids (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)
  • National Motorists Association, Ticketed Drivers Don’t Like Traffic Cams (NYT)
  • Enforcement and Education Get Distracted Driving Rates to Fall in Two Cities (NYT Bits)
  • Transportation Dept. to Begin Testing Electronic Crash Avoidance Warning Systems (Wheels)

* Based on latest available reports
** Due to the cause of death, this incident is not reflected in the weekly figure.