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 (5 Killed Since Nov. 16, 144 This Year, 12 Drivers Charged*)

  • Union Square: Skateboarder Kyle Larson, 20, Killed by Truck Driver; Police Searching for Wrong-Way Cyclist (Streetsblog 1, 2)
  • East Flatbush: Jason Williams, 23, Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver (Streetsblog)
  • Parkchester: Toddler Struck While Chasing Ice Cream Truck in March Died From Injuries (Streetsblog)**
  • Midwood: Viktor Avaveyev, 53, Backed Over by Drunk Limo Driver; Driver Charged With Manslaughter, Criminally Negligent Homicide (Post)
  • Cambria Heights: Paulina Rodriguez, 24, Killed in Three-Vehicle Crash (News)
  • Related: Assembly Member Barbara Clark Pushes for Increased Speeding Fines (Times Ledger)
  • Forest Hills: 53-Year-Old Driver “Loses Control” on Grand Central Parkway (Post)
  • Lower Manhattan: Parking Attendant Crushed to Death by Falling SUV (News)***

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Woodhaven: Toddler Seriously Hurt in Two-Car Crash; Driver Summonsed for No Child Car Seat (DNA)
  • Howard Beach: Pedestrian Injured in “Possible Hit-and-Run” (DNA)
  • Midwood: Elderly Pedestrian Struck, in Serious Condition; Driver in Police Custody (@NYScanner)
  • Ridgewood: School Bus Carrying 40 Children Rear-Ended by Black Car Driver (DNA)
  • Midtown West: Pedestrian Struck, Pinned by Sanitation Truck (@NYScanner)
  • Washington Heights: Four Hurt, Two Critically, After Driver Careens Onto Sidewalk (WNBC)
  • Flushing: Two Seriously Injured After Taxi Flips on LI Expressway (DNA)
  • Castle Hill: Driver With Suspended License Crashes Into School Bus (Post Blotter)
  • Fresh Meadows: At Least Four Motorists Involved in Collision (Times Ledger)
  • Bulls Head: Police Arrest Driver on SI Expressway With BAC Three Times the Legal Limit (Post Blotter)
  • Rosebank: Drunk, Unlicensed Driver Leads Cops on Chase, Resists Arrest (Post Blotter)
  • Prospect Heights: Drunk Firefighter Charged With DWI After Parking Next to Police Cruiser (Post Blotter)
  • East New York: Drunk Off-Duty Cop Refuses Breathalyzer, Charged With Resisting Arrest (Post Blotter)
  • Lower Manhattan: Car Erupts in Flames Near City Hall Park (DNA)
  • Inwood: NYPD Arrests One of Its Own for Scratching a Car (DNA)

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Hempstead, NY: Bus Driver Hits Pedestrian and House, Killing Child; Pedestrian May Be Charged (News)
  • North Bergen, NJ: Driver Indicted for Vehicular Homicide in Death of Pedestrian (Jersey Journal)
  • Maple Shade, NJ: Man Displaced by Sandy Struck and Killed by Two Drivers (NYT)
  • Woodbury, NJ: Truck Driver Cited for Careless Driving After Hitting Pedestrian (So. Jersey Times)
  • North Amityville, NY: Queens Driver Veers Off Road, Fatally Crashes Into Utility Pole (Times Ledger)
  • Mineola, NY: Driver Shows Up Drunk at DWI Hearing, Arrested for Drunk Driving a Second Time (Post)

Following Up

  • Queens Teenager Charged With Vehicular Homicide for Deaths of Four Friends in LI Crash (City Room)
  • Unlicensed Hit-and-Run Killer Gets Six Months for Death of Brooklyn Child (Streetsblog)
  • Margaret Chin Urges NYPD to Investigate National Guard Pedestrian Death (Streetsblog)
  • Jury Begins Deliberating in Manslaughter Case of Chinatown Bus Driver Whose Crash Killed 15 (NYT)
  • Queens Tour Bus Driver Faces Up to 40 Years for Deaths of Passengers in VA Crash (Times Ledger)

Other News

  • State DMV Data Show Decrease in NYC Traffic Injuries in 2011 (Streetsblog)
  • NYPD: 1,304 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 13 Killed in City Traffic in October (Streetsblog)
  • Central Park Cyclist Sues Man She Alleges Pushed Her Off Bike, Resulting in Concussion (DNA)
  • New York Magazine Fumbles Chance to Hold NYPD’s Feet to the Fire on Street Safety (Streetsblog)
  • DC Bill Could Make It Easier for Injured Cyclists to Recover Civil Damages (DCist)

*Based on latest available reports
**This fatality is reflected in the annual, but not weekly, figure
***Due to the cause of death, this incident is not reflected in the weekly or annual figure