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Three NYC Traffic Deaths, Three Very Different NYPD Investigations
Posted By Brad Aaron On November 26, 2012 @ 3:57 pm In NYPD Crash Investigations,Traffic Justice | 12 Comments
Larson, a student at NYU , was killed at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20. By Wednesday night , NYPD had released a video  that appears to show a wrong-way cyclist  who nearly collides  with Larson, stops for a few seconds, then rides away  from the scene. Police are seeking to question the cyclist, who as of this morning had not been identified. Witnesses were asked to submit tips via the Crime Stoppers phone number or web site.
NYPD’s swift and public actions in the aftermath of Larson’s death stand in stark contrast to other crash investigations.
Days after Roxana Sorina Buta was killed by a hit-and-run truck driver at Broadway and 14th Street, a short distance from where Larson was struck, NYPD told Buta’s mother that no surveillance cameras had filmed the crash . The family learned later that police did in fact have video, which led authorities to identify the driver . NYPD did not release the video to the public. It’s not known if they were allowed access to the video, but as of October, five months after her death, Buta’s relatives reportedly did not know the driver’s name .
In October 2011, Mathieu Lefevre was killed in East Williamsburg, also by a hit-and-run truck driver. It was March before family members saw video of the crash , which was released by NYPD only in the midst of a protracted legal battle .
Larson, Buta and Lefevre were killed in crashes where someone left the scene. In two of those cases NYPD willfully shielded its investigation from view, even keeping victims’ families at bay. The only instance in which NYPD sought the public’s assistance is the crash for which a cyclist may bear some responsibility.
NYPD should conduct as complete an investigation as possible to find out what happened to Kyle Larson. The question is why the department fails to investigate thousands of other deaths and serious injuries as rigorously as this crash.
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URLs in this post:
 Kyle Larson: https://www.facebook.com/events/561792717171167/
 run over by the driver of a delivery truck: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/11/21/union-square-skateboarder-was-killed-on-rejected-pedestrian-plaza-space/
 student at NYU: http://nyulocal.com/on-campus/2012/11/21/nyu-student-killed-while-skateboarding-in-union-square/
 Wednesday night: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/11/21/skateboarder-struck-killed-by-truck-on-union-square-west/
 released a video: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/cyclist_at_skateboard_slay_scene_tOTRGlRtNvLEHyVxH2eeTI
 wrong-way cyclist: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/police-question-bicyclist-witnessed-skateboarder-death-article-1.1206221
 nearly collides: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20121122/union-square/cops-want-question-cyclist-union-square-skateboarder-death/video/308627
 rides away: http://gothamist.com/2012/11/22/video_nypd_seeks_this_cyclist_in_de.php
 no surveillance cameras had filmed the crash: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/05/29/nypd-no-video-of-driver-who-killed-roxana-sorina-buta/
 identify the driver: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120612/greenwich-village/actress-fatal-union-square-hit-run-killed-by-city-driver-family-says#ixzz1ySeizFz2
 did not know the driver’s name: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20121022/union-square/family-of-woman-killed-by-truck-union-square-sues-city-for-30-million
 video of the crash: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/03/14/vaccaro-video-shows-nypd-wrongly-faulted-slain-cyclist-mathieu-lefevre/
 protracted legal battle: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/01/04/family-of-mathieu-lefevre-sues-nypd-for-withholding-crash-information/
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