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.

Maleka Begum was crossing Merrick Ave. in Jamaica when she was fatally struck by a Nassau Inter-County Express bus driver making a turn. Though reports say Begum was crossing with the light, NYPD ruled out criminality. Photo: Daily News

Fatal Crashes (3 killed this week, 127 this year, 9 drivers charged*)

  • Jamaica: Maleka Begum, 54, Hit by Bus Driver in Crosswalk; No Charges Filed (Streetsblog)
  • East Harlem: 44-Year-Old Woman Struck on Harlem River Drive (DNA)
  • Williamsburg: 50-Year-Old Tractor-Trailer Driver Rear-Ended, Ejected from Vehicle; No Charges (DNA)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Williamsbridge: Driver Hits, Seriously Injures 12-Year-Old in Crosswalk; No Charges (DNA)
  • Greenwich Village: Intoxicated, Unlicensed Driver Leads Police Chase Before Crash (Post Blotter)
  • Astoria: Nine Injured When Driver Rear-Ends School Bus (DNA)
  • Bushwick: Off-Duty Cop Busted After DWI Crash, Fleeing Scene (Post)
  • Middle Village: Driver Slams Into Glass Storefront; Police Quiet on Cause, Criminality (DNA)**
  • Ridgewood: Cops Pursue SUV Thief After He Tried to Run Them Down (DNA)
  • Parkchester: Driver Pins Cop Between Scooter and Fence; “No Criminality” (Post)**
  • Sunnyside, SI: Driver With DWI Record Caught Asleep in Car With Engine Running (Advance)
  • Midtown: Taxi Driver Throws Passenger Into Street, Allegedly Over Disputed Ride to Queens (Post)

A traffic cop was pinned between a fence and a scooter after a driver rammed him in the Bronx. No charges were filed. Photo: Post

In the Region, Out of Town

  • North Hills, NY: Drunk Driver Kills Nassau Cop on LIE; Charged With Manslaughter (NBC NY, Fox)
  • Gallatin, NY: Five Teens Hospitalized in One-Car Crash After Driver “Lost Control” (WSJ)
  • Hampton, NJ: Driver Whose Crash Injured Four Cyclists Sentenced to 150 Days in Prison (Star-Ledger)
  • Montclair, NJ: Driver Trapped in Car for Hours Following Crash Into Tree (Montclair Patch)

Following Up

  • Company Whose Bus Driver Killed Maleka Begum: Driver Had “Unblemished Record” (Times Ledger)
  • Cop Accused of Drunkenly Mowing Down Bronx Senior Turns Down Plea Deal (R’dale Press, News)
  • Related: Kevin Spellman Had History of Drinking and Driving, Kept Quiet by NYPD (Streetsblog)
  • Ray Kelly Ignores Inquiry From City Council Member Into Death of UES Senior Rubin Baum (Streetsblog)
  • SI Church Hires DWI Cop Who Killed Family of Four Out of “Forgiveness and Mercy” (Advance)
  • Friends Mourn South Ozone Park Teen Killed in Long Island Crash (Times Ledger)

*Based on latest available reports
**Incident in which a vehicle left the roadway