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.

A passenger was killed in a crash in Harlem that sent both vehicles onto the sidewalk and injured four, including one pedestrian. Photo: DNAinfo

Fatal Crashes (4 Killed This Week, 24 This Year; 0 Drivers Charged*)

  • Hell’s Kitchen: Shu Ying Liu, 69, Killed in Hit-and-Run By Private Dump Truck Driver (Streetsblog)
  • Related: CHEKPEDS, CB 9 Ask DOT to Ban Right Turns on 41st St. During Non-Peak Hours (DNA)
  • Midland Beach: Bujar Hasimja, 72, Killed Crossing Street, Wife Seriously Injured; No Charges (Streetsblog)
  • Harlem: Two-Vehicle Crash Kills Passenger Litseth Ventura, 46, Injures Four, Including One Pedestrian (DNA)**
  • Central Park: Jack Krugman, 68, Crashes After Losing Control of Motorcycle (News)

Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • East New York: Driver Pins Pedestrian Between Two Poles, Severing Her Leg; “No Criminality” (Post)**
  • Morris Park: Driver Hits, Seriously Injures Woman Near Holland and Lydig Avenues (DNA)
  • Borough Park: Pedestrian Struck, Pinned Under Vehicle (@NYScanner)
  • Chinatown: Elderly Woman Struck Crossing Bowery, “No Criminality” (DNA)
  • Bushwick: Pedestrian Struck, Critically Injured By MTA Bus Driver While Crossing Three-Way Intersection (Gothamist)
  • Soho: Cab Driver Crashes Into Fire Hydrant (@BrooklynSpoke)
  • East New York: Pedestrian Struck, Pinned Under SUV; “No Criminality Suspected” (DNA)
  • Theatre District: Multiple Injuries Following Crash at W. 51st and 8th Ave.; AIS Dispatched (@NYScanner)
  • Clinton Hill: Two Injured When Driver Crashes, Flips Truck Near Pratt (DNA)**
  • Norwood: NYPD Officer Struck, Injured By Driver Who Fled (@NYScanner)
  • Howard Beach: Seven Injured in Two-Car Crash on Belt Parkway (DNA)
  • Old Town: Man Arrested for Reckless Driving, Blowing Through Red Light to Evade Police (Post Blotter)

Two people were injured when a pick-up truck driver crashed into an occupied parked car near the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Photo: DNAinfo

In the Region, Out of Town

  • Thiells, NY: 18-Year-Old Man Killed After Crashing Car Into Tree (LoHud)
  • Perth Amboy, NJ: Driver Arrested in Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Crash (
  • San Bernardino, CA: Tour Bus Involved in Crash That Killed Seven and Injured Dozens Had History of Maintenance Problems (News)
  • Old Bridge, NJ: Driver of Commuter Bus That Overturned School Bus and Injured 35 Charged With Careless Driving (
  • Hazlet Twp, NJ: Passenger Killed, Driver, Other Passenger Injured in Single-Car Crash on Garden State Parkway (

Following Up, Other News

  • Family of Jessica Dworkin, Run Down on Her Scooter, Sues Trucking Company, Driver for Her Death (News)
  • Man Pleads Guilty to DWI, Assault in Hit-and-Run Death of Roger Hernandez (Sunnyside PostPost)
  • NYPD Acknowledges Motorists as a Threat to Times Square Pedestrians (NYT)
  • Scared by Dangerous Traffic? Take a Xanax (Streetsblog)
  • Manhattan Party Boy Throws Going-Away Bash; Doesn’t Tell Anyone It’s for Hit-and-Run Jail Time (Post)

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