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.

Reginald Velez, an off-duty Mount Vernon cop, was killed in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer on I-95 in the Bronx. Photo: Daily News

Fatal Crashes (3 killed this week, 43 this year, 4 drivers charged*)

  • Crown Heights: Josh Thorne, 25, Run Down Twice By Drivers Who Fled Scene (WABC, Streetsblog)
  • Norwood: Motorcyclist Justin Bravo, 28, Crashes Into Concrete Overpass on Mosholu Parkway (DNA)
  • Baychester: Reginald Velez, 29, Drives Wrong Way on I-95, Collides With Tractor-Trailer (News)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • New Dorp: School Bus Crash Leaves Six Children, One Adult Injured (DNA)
  • Parkchester: Driver Critically Injures 2-Year-Old Chasing Ice Cream Truck (DNA)
  • Oakland Gardens: 89-Year-Old Driver Leaves 56-Year-Old Pedestrian in Critical Condition (Times Ledger)
  • Coney Island: Ten People, Including Four Students, Injured in School Bus Crash (DNA)
  • Midtown: Teen Smashes Into Taxi After Driving Wrong Way on 7th Avenue (Post Blotter)
  • Bed-Stuy: Fire Truck Driver En Route to Blaze Crashes Into Vehicle, Injuring 10 (DNA)
  • Elm Park: Off-Duty Cop Charged With DWI After Crashing Into Telephone Pole, Driving Wrong Way (News)
  • Willowbrook: Driver Jockeying for Parking Spot Injured in Crash on College of S.I. Campus (Advance)
  • Bay Ridge: Mini-Bus Carrying Seniors Overturns Following Collision; 11 Injured (DNA)
  • Downtown: EMTs Block Erratic Driver from Plowing Into Chatham Square; Police Unaware of Incident (DNA)
  • Far Rockaway: Car Carrying Queens Boro Prez and Aides Rear-Ended By Channel 4 News Truck; No Injuries (DNA)

A 56-year-old pedestrian was critically injured by an 89-year-old driver in Oakland Gardens. Police said "no criminality" was suspected. Photo: Times Ledger

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Pittsgrove, NJ: 57-Year-Old Bicyclist Fatally Struck By Driver (
  • Putnam Valley, NY: 28-Year-Old Driver Killed After Flipping Truck  (LoHud)
  • Putnam Valley, NY: Driver Faces Leaving-the-Scene Charges After Hitting Pedestrian, Checking on Her, Then Driving Off (LoHud)
  • Southeast, NY: 26-Year-Old Driver Killed in Head-On Crash After Driver Crossed Lanes (LoHud)
  • Franklin Township: Two Teens Injured After Car They Were Riding In Crashed With Dump Truck (Gloucester Cty Times)

Following Up

  • Following Death of Amos Veloz By City Bus Driver, Flatiron Residents Urge DOT to Protect Pedestrians from Speeding Buses (DNA)
  • Queens Woman Sues Drivers in Funeral Procession Crash That Sent Limo Into Her Bodega (Post)
  • S.I. Working Group Makes Safety Recommendations for Street Where Cyclist RJ Tillman Was Killed (Advance)
  • Off-Duty Cop Who Slammed Into Tiffany Storefront Convicted of DWI, Faces Up to 15 Years in Prison (Post)

* Based on latest available reports