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, 7 this year, 3 drivers charged*)

  • Williamsburg: Leopoldo Hernandez, 57,  Struck by Two Drivers While Crossing Street; “No Criminality” (Streetsblog, NY1, News, DNA)
  • East Harlem: Mehdi Kabbaj, 45, Killed Exiting Cab, Running Across FDR Drive (News)
  • Marine Park: Davonte Jeffers Run Down by Unlicensed Van Driver (Post)**
  • East Flatbush: John Cook, 34, Mowed Down by Hit-and-Run Driver Crossing Rockaway Parkway (ABC)**
  • Sheepshead Bay: Ju Chen, 49, Killed on Scooter by Driver Who Ran Red, Fled Scene (News, Post)**
  • Dongan Hills: Amanda Diane Cummings, 15, Struck by City Bus (Advance)**
  • Crown Heights: Livery Cab Driver Munim Awadalkareem, 51, Killed in Wrong-Way Crash; Three Others Injured (Post, ABC Local) **

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Jamaica: School Bus Hit at Intersection Jumps Curb, Pins Woman, Injures at Least 4; “No Criminality” (News, NBC, NY1)
  • UES: Pedestrian Struck, Critically Injured by MTA Bus Driver (DNA)
  • UWS: Woman Rescued From Hudson River After Crashing Car Through Guardrail (Post)
  • Oakwood Heights: EMS Medic Seriously Injured in Ambulance Crash (DNA)
  • Flatbush: Cop’s Legs Crushed During Traffic Stop (Post)
  • Clinton Hill: Two-Car Collision on Park Avenue Sends Fire Hydrant Crashing Into House (The Local)
  • UES: Bronx Assistant DA Arrested for Drunk Driving (Post)
  • Mott Haven: NYPD Tow Truck Driver Backing Into Parking Space Strikes Pedestrian (Post Blotter)
  • West Farms: Driver Breaks Pedestrian’s Leg, Tries Fleeing from Cops (Post)
  • Prospect Heights: Bus Stop Ravaged by Curb-Jumping Motorist (Streetsblog)
  • Outerbridge Crossing: Man Driving Drunk With Four-Year-Old Son Charged Under Leandra’s Law (Post)
  • Lower Manhattan: Cab Making Illegal U-Turn Gets Caught on Parking Bollard (Gothamist)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Ramapo, NY: Department of Corrections Bus Overturns on NY State Thruway, Injuring Passengers (Post)
  • Ormond, FL: Teen Driver “Loses Control” of Truck, Fatally Strikes Younger Brother (News)
  • Detroit, MI: Two Children Killed in Crash Caused by Suspected Drunk Driver (CBS)
  • Tumwater, WA: Woman Drives Drunk 17 Miles in Wrong Direction on Interstate Highway (CBS)

Following Up

  • Driver Being Retried for 2003 Death of 82-Year-Old Pedestrian Admits Backing Into Crosswalk (Post 1 , 2)
  • Stuy Town Intersection Where Jayson Williams Hit Tree Gets Traffic Light, Pedestrian Signals (DNA)
  • City Island Bar Linked to Drunk Driving Crash That Seriously Injured Teen Closes (News)
  • Unlicensed Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Motorcyclist Gets 60-Day Sentence (Post)
  • Brooklyn DJ Still Recovering After Taxi Pinned Him in Bed in Oregon Hotel Room (City Room)

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