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 crash involving a police cruiser in Sunnyside, SI injured six. Photo: Advance

Fatal Crashes (1 killed this week, 147 this year, 20 drivers charged*)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Morningside Heights: Pedestrian Critically Injured in Hit-And-Run Where Daniela D’Ercole Was Killed Last Month (DNAinfo, Post)
  • Corona: Drunk Driver Rear-Ends Police Cruiser, Attempts to Flee Scene (Post Blotter)
  • Midtown: Cab Driver Jumps Curb, Pins Pedestrian Against Scaffolding (DNAinfo)
  • Harlem: Son of Rapper Doug E. Fresh Arrested for DWI (DNAinfo)
  • Sunnyside, SI: Six Injured in Crash Involving Police Cruiser (Advance)
  • Oakland Gardens: Three-Car Crash Injures Four, Trapping One in Vehicle (Times Ledger)
  • Lincoln Tunnel: Tractor-Trailer Near NJ Entrance Overturns, Closing Several Lanes (DNAinfo)
  • Whitestone: Emergency Responders Find Car That Crashed Through Expressway Barrier Into Tree (Times Ledger)

A cab driver jumped a curb in Midtown, pinning a pedestrian against scaffolding. The crash is under investigation. Photo: DNAinfo

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Yonkers, NY: Driver Fatally Strikes 66-Year-Old Cyclist (LoHud)
  • Suffolk County, NY: 5-Year-Old LI Boy Dies From Injuries After Drugged Driving Rear-End Crash (Post)
  • Cortlandt, NY: Driver Plunges Car Off Road Embankment; Charged With DWI (LoHud)
  • Garden City, NY: Lawyer in Queens Hate-Crime Trial Charged With DWI (Post)
  • Central Islip, NY: LI Man Driving Drunk With Child Fatally Strikes Pedestrian (WPIX)
  • Columbia, TN: Man Tries Killing Girlfriend By Running Her Down in Convenience Store (News)

Following Up

  • 68-Year-Old Pedestrian Killed in Forest Hills Crash Identified (Times Ledger)
  • LI Driver Whose Drunk Driving Crash Injured Four Avoids Jail Time, Sentenced to Probation (TRD 1, 2)

Other News

  • National Transportation Safety Board Recommends Cell Phone Ban, Citing Dangers of Hands-Free Use (AP)
  • Related: Texting While Driving Poses Greater Crash Risk Than Talking: Research (Medical Daily)
  • Cell Phone Ban Would Be Almost Impossible to Enforce: Law Enforcement (HuffPo)
  • MIT Scientists Developing Technology to Predict Red-Light Running (News)

* Based on latest available reports