Friday, October 30, 2009

The Weekly Carnage

The Weekly Carnage: "

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

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Fatal Crashes (5 Killed This Week, 232 This Year*, 23 Drivers Charged**)

  • Queens: Crack-Smoking Driver Charged With Manslaughter for Killing 2 Kids (News 1, 2, Post, NY1)

  • Staten Island: Unlicensed 16-Year-Old Kills Self, Injures Friend in One-Car Crash (Advance 1, 2, 3)

  • Spotswood, NJ: 1 Killed, 2 Hurt in Three-Car Collision (S-L)

  • Barnegat, NJ: Collision Between Two SUVs Kills 1, Injures 4 (S-L)

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Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Gothamist Newsmap: 5 Pedestrians Struck Since Sunday (Gothamist 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • Brooklyn: Two Fire Trucks Collide, Injuring 12 (NYT, News)

  • Brooklyn: Major Crash Reported Near Cadman Plaza (Gothamist, Advance)

  • Serious Staten Island Collision Injures 2 (Advance)

  • Yorktown, NY: 73-Year-Old Charged With DWI, Leaving Scene After Head-On Crash (LoHud)

  • Southampton, LI: Wrong-Way Driver Rams Three Police Cars, Four Others (Newsday)

  • Melville, LI: Ladders Fall Off Truck, Shut LIE for 90 Minutes; 4 Injured; Driver Has No Idea (Newsday)

  • Melville, LI: 3 Injured in SUV Collision (Newsday)

  • Holbrook, LI: 2 Drivers, 1 Child Injured in Two-Car Crash (Newsday)

  • Yaphank, LI: School Bus Rear-Ended; No Injuries Reported (Newsday)

  • Jersey City: Homeless Man Hit, Hospitalized (Jersey Jrnl)

  • Secaucus, NJ: DWI Man Arrested When 12-Year-Old Passenger Calls Cops (S-L)

  • Bayonne, NJ: Man Hits Parked Car, Charged With DWI (Jersey Jrnl)

  • Hamilton, NJ: Turnpike Crash Injures 2 (Times)

  • Mount Olive, NJ: Driver Arrested for DWI After Crashing Truck Into Tree (Warren Rep)

  • Danbury, CT: 6 Hurt in Three-Car Wreck (CT Post

  • Bridgeport, CT: Five Cops Under Investigation Following Crash (CT Post)

Following Up

  • Manhattan: No Charges Filed in Deadly East Village Collision (Post)

  • Manhattan: Carmen Huertas Arraigned in Fatal Hudson Parkway Crash (City Room, Post)

  • Manhattan: Ex-Cop, Reporter Gets Slap on the Wrist for DWI Wreck (Gothamist)

  • Manhattan Times Details Last Week's Washington Heights Motorcyclist Fatality

  • Queens: Cyclist Victim's Mom Continues Quest for Bike Lane on Queens Boulevard (News)

  • Staten Island: "Rule of Two" at Play in Arraignment for Fatal Collision (Advance)

  • Bronx: Bereaved Family Sues Over Hearse Explosion; Post Finds the Funny

  • Yorktown: Man Pleads to Menacing in 2008 Fatal Crash (LoHud)

  • Freeport, LI: Man Gets Up to 15 Years for 2008 Fatal DWI Crash (Newsday)

  • Mineola, LI: Repeat DWI Offender Sentenced to 7-21 Years for Killing Student (AP)

  • Schuler Taconic Crash, Other "DWI Mom" Stories Profiled on "Oprah" (Newsday)

  • Orange, CT: Police Audio Released From Cop-Involved Crash That Killed 2 (CT Post)

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Out of Town

  • Sparks, NV: Couple Awakes to Find Themselves Pinned Under Car (CNN)

  • Martinez, CA: Pedestrian Ripped Apart on Interstate After Hit-and-Run (KPIX)

  • Boise, ID: Mentally Ill Man Plows Truck Into Motorcycle Cops (AP)

  • Hill 'N Dale, FL: Ped Fatally Struck By Three Drivers; One Flees Scene (Times)

  • Reed City, MI: 20-Month-Old Run Down, Killed in Driveway (Cadillac News)

  • Philadelphia: Cab Driver Convicted in Hit-and-Run Killing of 5-Year-Old Pedestrian (Philly Inq)

  • Providence, RI: Man Hits 3 Peds, Drives a Mile With One Clinging to Windshield (AP)

  • Canterbury, Australia: Ped Bridge Elevator Fails, Elderly Man Killed Trying to Cross (SMH)

  • London: Cop Gets 6.5 Years for Killing Woman During 107 MPH "Joyride" (Times)

  • Dallas, TX: Bus Crash That Killed 17 Called "Perfect Storm of Gross Negligence" (AP)

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Trends and Other News

  • Halloween Especially Scary for Pedestrians (USA Today, Consumer Reps, Times, Missourian, Reuters)

  • Cy Vance Kicks Off Instructive, Sobering Vehicular Crime Legal Forum (Streetsblog)

  • Child Deaths Prompt News Call for Tougher Drunk Driving Laws

  • NYPD Makes 24-Hour "Extra Effort" to Ticket Cellphone-Using Drivers (City Room)

  • Sustained DWI Crackdown in Brooklyn's 84th Precinct Sees Drop in Other Crimes (Post)

  • Freakonomics: Cab Driver Attrition, Poor Working Conditions Lead to Reckless Driving

  • New York Motorists Don't Give a Damn About Your Kid (WTEN)

  • Florida Dominates "Worst Places to Walk" List (Orlando Sentinel)

  • Las Vegas Ped Fatalities Down Amid Crosswalk Stings (KVBC)

  • New, Weaker Distracted Driving Bill Surfaces in U.S. Senate (Streetsblog Cap Hill)

  • Car-Mounted Cameras Could Help Inattentive Drivers Avoid Hitting People (AP)

  • "Crash-Proof" Cars: Good or Bad? (Streetsblog)

  • Ohio Bike Blogger Kevin Kimmich: When in Doubt, Shout (Monster Pull)

  • Children Made to Salute Cars in Huangping, China; Is It All That Different From This? (NYT) 

* Since the week of June 8
** Drivers charged for deaths since the week of June 8, based on latest available reports

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