The Weekly Carnage

The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle violence across the five boroughs. For more on the origins and purpose of this column, please read About the Weekly Carnage.

Candida Acosta was fatally struck in Mott Haven by a driver who witnesses said was speeding and ran a stop sign. After striking Acosta, the motorist drove onto a sidewalk and hit a building. No charges were filed. Photo: Daily News

Fatal Crashes (3 Killed This Week; 177 This Year; 15 Drivers Charged*)

  • Fort Greene: Lucian Merryweather, 9, Struck on Sidewalk by Driver Who Also Hit His Brother, 5, and Woman in Crosswalk; Driver Charged With Assault and Homicide (Streetsblog)**
  • Wakefield: Derrick Callender, 32, Run Down on Sidewalk by Minivan Driver Who May Have Been Trying to Strike Another Person; Driver Charged With Murder (StreetsblogDNA)**
  • Mott Haven: Candida Acosta, 74, Struck by SUV Driver Who Witnesses Said Was Speeding and Ran Stop Sign Before Jumping Curb; No Charges (Streetsblog)**

A pedestrian was hospitalized after being struck by a taxi driver on the West Side Highway. Photo: DNA

Injuries, Arrests, and Property Damage

  • Hunts Point: Woman Struck, Seriously Injured; CIS Requested (DNA@NYScanner)
  • Murray Hill: Cab Driver Jumps Curb, Injures at Least One Pedestrian (Streetsblog)**
  • Edenwald: Sanitation Worker Hits Train Stanchion, Is Ejected From Truck, Which Runs Him Over (News)
  • West Village: Pedestrian Hospitalized After Cab Driver Hits Him on West Side Highway (DNA)
  • Midtown: UPS Truck Driver Hits Cherry Picker, Knocking Down Workers Stringing Holiday Lights (Post)
  • Crown Heights: Pedestrian Struck, Seriously Injured; CIS Requested (@NYScanner)
  • Mott Haven: Four Injured After Driver Hits Pole, Flipping Car; Driver Charged With DWI (WABC, Post)
  • Midwood: Off-Duty NYPD Officer Struck, Seriously Injured; CIS Requested (@NYScanner)
  • Grasmere: Drunk Driver Crashes Head-On Into Car, Totaling Both Vehicles (Advance)
  • Ozone Park: Off-Duty MTA Bus Driver Arrested for Drunk Driving (Advance)
  • Tottenville: Driver With Suspended License Nearly Hits Police Officer (Advance)

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