Friday, November 6, 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.

carnage_phfatal_1010WINS.jpgDamon Padmore, driving this SUV, hit and killed 38-year-old Dorothea Wallace as she made her way to work in Downtown Brooklyn. Padmore, a corrections officer at Sing Sing, was arrested for driving with a suspended license, but was not charged for killing Wallace. Photo: 1010 WINS
Fatal Crashes (10 Killed This Week, 242 This Year*, 25 Drivers Charged**)

  • Bronx: NYPD Detective Hits, Kills 67-Year-Old; Charged With DWI, Homicide (News 1, 2, Post 1, 2)

  • Related: Commissioner Kelly Forms Panel to Speed DWI Evidence Collection (Streetsblog)

  • Brooklyn: Unlicensed Prison Guard Strikes Woman, Not Charged for Death (News, Post, NY1)

  • Manhattan: 22-Year-Old Student Run Over By MTA Bus in Hell's Kitchen; No Charges (Streetsblog)

  • Bronx: Halloween Vandalism "Prank" Ends With Man Fatally Struck by City Bus (AMNY, News)

  • Staten Island: Woman Killed in SIE Crash; Boyfriend Charged With DWI, Homicide (News, Advance)

  • Harrison, NY: Livery Driver Killed, Passerby Injured Changing Tire on I-95 (LoHud)

  • Seaford, LI: Man Killed Crossing Road After Crash (Newsday)

  • Nutley, NJ: Driver Speeds Through Popular Trick-or-Treat Zone, Kills Kid; No Charges (S-L 1, 2, 3)

  • South Brunswick, NJ: Elderly Florida Couple Killed in Wrong-Way Jersey Tpk. Collision (S-L)

carnage_shami_chaikin_post.jpgNo charges were filed against the Parks Dept. employee who seriously injured former Off-Broadway actress Shami Chaikin as she rode her motorized wheelchair in the Eighth Avenue bike lane. Photo: New York Post
Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Gothamist Newsmap: 3 Unidentified Pedestrians Struck Since Saturday (Gothamist 1, 2)

  • Manhattan: Woman in Wheelchair Hit by Parks Employee in 8th Ave. Bike Lane (Sblog, Post, News)

  • Manhattan: Cabs Crash Into Scaffolding in East Village; 6 Injured (Gothamist)

  • Manhattan: Al Sharpton's Daughter, Ex-Wife Charged With Resisting Arrest After Traffic Stop (Post)

  • Queens: Driver on PCP Arrested En Route to Pick Up Daughter at School (News)

  • Post Blotter Notes DWI, Road Rage Crashes on Staten Island

  • Staten Island: Suspected Gang Member on PCP Crashes After Police Stop (Advance)

  • Staten Island: Rider Snaps Photos of Texting Express Bus Driver (Advance)

  • Staten Island: SUV Driver Mounts Car in Parking Lot; No Injuries Reported (Advance)

  • Eastchester, NY: Driving Home From Game 6, Joe Girardi Renders Aid at Crash Site (LoHud)

  • Smithtown, LI: Motorcyclist Charged With DWI After Passenger Falls Off, Hit by Driver (AP)

  • Tractor-Trailer Collides With SUV, Closes LIE for 12 Hours; 1 Injured (Newsday)

  • Stamford, CT: 12-Year-Old Struck, Critical; No Charges Expected (CT Post)

  • Jersey City: 6 Passengers Injured in NJ Transit Bus Crash (Jersey Jrnl)

  • Jersey City: Man Arrested for DWI After Halloween Crash Into Cemetery (Jersey Jrnl)

  • Branchburg, NJ: Woman Hit, Seriously Hurt Trying to Help Injured Deer (Reporter)

  • Clifton, NJ: Driver Misses Curve, Sails Into House (Record); Witty S-L Reader Commentary Ensues

  • Linden, NJ: 69-Year-Old Gas Station Attendant Attacked by Deadbeat Motorist (NJLN)

  • Edison, NJ: Road Worker's Leg Crushed by Steamroller (S-L)

Following Up

  • Brooklyn: Officer Andrew Kelly Pleads Not Guilty for Vionique Valnord Death (News, Post, City Room)

  • Queens: Man Gets 34-to-Life for Trying to Run Down Cops With Stolen MTA SUV (Qns Trib, YourNabe)

  • Staten Island: Thousands Pay Tribute to 16-Year-Old Killed in One-Car Wreck (Post)

  • Nassau Co.: Man Gets 5-10 Years for DWI Crash That Maimed Queens Cop (News)

  • White Plains: Woman Sentenced to 1-3 Years for Killing Friend in DWI Crash (AP)

carnage_stroller.jpgPhoto: Nevada Appeal
Out of Town

  • Los Angeles: Road Rage Doc Thompson Convicted for 2008 Assault on 2 Cyclists (Streetsblog)

  • Related: Civil Suit Filed by Victim Ron Peterson (AP)

  • Herkimer, NY: Man Struck, Killed While Trick-or-Treating With 8-Year-Old Son (AP)

  • Forestport, NY: Road Worker Holding Stop Sign Killed; No Immediate Charges (AP)

  • Galen, NY: Man Tries to Torch Car With Wife Inside (AP)

  • Carson City, NV: 3-Year-Old in Stroller Hit During Family Halloween Outing (Appeal)

  • Portland, OR: Man Guilty in Hit-and-Run of Pedicab Driven by Large Orange Rabbit (AP)

  • Dickinson, ND: 3 Missing College Softball Players Found in Submerged SUV (AP)

  • Berlin: Soldier Drives Car Into Fellow Troops, Injuring 13 (AP)

  • Sacramento Kings' Andres Nocioni Arrested on Suspicion of DUI (

  • Tokyo: Brad Pitt Shops for New Motorcycle After LA Crash (AP)

  • Morgan Freeman Settles Civil Suit Stemming From 2008 Rollover (BBC)

Trends and Other News

  • Brooklyn: Student Speeders Terrorize Manhattan Beach (Post)

  • Staten Island: Following Death, Great Kills Residents Want Relief From Cut-Through Drivers (Advance)

  • NY State's Watered-Down Texting Ban Now in Effect (NY1)

  • Cellphone Maker Garmin Pushes DWD as Product Selling Point (Streetsblog)

  • Text-Crash Teen: Every Kid I Know Texts While Driving (News)

  • Britain Gets Tougher on DWD, But Even Victims Still Sympathize With Killer Drivers (NYT)

  • Deadly Toyota Acceleration Defect "Goes Beyond Floor Mats" (Consumerist, Wheels)

  • Consumer Group Says Power Windows Dangerous to Kids; NHTSA: Meh (Wheels)

  • Many Drivers Apparently Don't Expect Pedestrians in Parking Lots, Either (WaPo)

* 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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