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, 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)

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.