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Waiting for Raymond: 7 Pedestrians, 1 Cyclist Killed in Last 16 Days
Posted By Brad Aaron On February 23, 2012 @ 2:21 pm In Bicycling,Carnage,NYPD,Traffic Enforcement,Walking | 8 Comments
The crashes that killed two pedestrians since Wednesday morning follow a string of incidents last week that resulted in the deaths of five vulnerable street users. In all, seven pedestrians and one cyclist are known to have died in New York City traffic since February 7. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, meanwhile, couldn’t be troubled to attend the City Council hearing last week examining NYPD traffic enforcement and crash investigations.
On Wednesday at around 8:15 a.m., 22-year-old Meilan Jin was hit by the driver of a city bus  making a right turn at Northern Boulevard and Union Street in Flushing. The driver kept going. According to Transportation Alternatives’ Crashstat , 101 pedestrians and cyclists were injured and one pedestrian was killed at Northern and Union between 1995 and 2009.
At 1:15 this morning, Willie Gonzalez, 25, was walking south on St. Nicholas Avenue at 125th Street in Manhattan when he was hit by a westbound city bus driver . The Times reports that no charges were filed  in either case.
Also this month:
Sadly, with approximately 160 pedestrian and cyclists deaths per year, a spate of fatalities like this is not unusual. They can be expected to continue as long as Ray Kelly’s NYPD and city district attorneys keep letting drivers off the hook for deadly crashes that don’t involve alcohol (it’s pretty clear that leaving the scene does not actually qualify as a slam-dunk offense).
Even though traffic crashes have killed more than 3,700 people in NYC over the last decade, NYPD told the City Council last week  that the department doesn’t have the resources to beef up traffic enforcement and crash investigations. But apparently police do have the resources to conduct a wide-ranging surveillance operation of Muslim communities in Newark , and they also have the resources to more than double the number of stop-and-frisks  since 2004.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/jinsvgrab1.jpg
 hit by the driver of a city bus: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/bus_mows_down_gal_at_deadly_corner_hfySL87jjPy9u9Z01lqwxL
 Crashstat: http://crashstat.org/
 hit by a westbound city bus driver: http://www.dnainfo.com/20120223/harlem/city-bus-kills-harlem-man-less-than-day-after-similar-accident-queens
 no charges were filed: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/two-pedestrians-are-fatally-struck-by-city-buses/
 Jean Jeanniot: http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-02-15/news/31060941_1_friend-first-car-flatbush-street
 No criminality was suspected.: http://www.dnainfo.com/20120213/east-new-york-brownsville/churchgoing-woman-killed-crossing-fulton-crescent-streets
 killed by a hit-and-run driver: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/year_old_manhattan_man_killed_in_pJ2HpwRIieygGgcm85pMQI
 Ronald Tillman: http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/02/devastated_mom_turns_other_che.html
 Dawn Affoumani: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bronx/woman_killed_in_bronx_hit_and_run_RRCqm4uo9Vyjl60lXk7CeN
 charged with vehicular manslaughter: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/grief_for_dwi_gramps_LAIdyhJHByf4aSwcFUR4jO
 told the City Council last week: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/02/16/numbers-tell-the-tale-of-ray-kellys-squandered-street-safety-resources/
 conduct a wide-ranging surveillance operation of Muslim communities in Newark: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iqdvny4om6xfLkg0GMbaljeR35OA?docId=a9f7c78df0ce4b34a4802c50018275af
 more than double the number of stop-and-frisks: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204795304577221770752633612.html
 action by the council: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/02/15/nypds-lax-crash-investigations-may-violate-state-law/
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