Saturday, November 14, 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_schoolbus_sl.jpgPhoto: Star-Ledger
Fatal Crashes (12 Killed This Week, 255 This Year*, 25 Drivers Charged**)

  • Brooklyn: Memorial Set for Eliseo Martinez, Cyclist Killed in September (Ghost Bikes)

  • Greenburgh, NY: Cycling Advocate Killed by Bus; Driver Back on the Job (LoHud 1, 2)

  • Bohemia, LI: Man Thrown From Back Seat in Crash, Body Not Found for Hours (Newsday)

  • Truck Driver in Last Week's LIE Collision Dies From Injuries (Newsday)

  • Newark: Unidentified Pedestrian Hit, Killed (S-L)

  • Roselle Park, NJ: Pedestrian Dies in Hit-and-Run; Police Looking for Killer (S-L)

  • Old Bridge, NJ: 14-Year-Old Cyclist Killed by 17-Year-Old Driver (S-L)

  • East Amwell, NJ: Man Killed Walking Home From Work; No Charges Expected (Hunterdon CD)

  • Montvale, NJ: Minivan Driver Strikes 75-Year-Old Pedestrian (S-L)

  • East Orange, NJ: 2 Men Attending to Stalled Vehicle Hit by Passing Driver; 1 Dead (S-L)

  • North Brunswick, NJ: SUV Driver Dies After Colliding With School Bus (S-L)

  • Hamilton, NJ: Speeding Driver Killed in One-Car Crash (S-L)

  • Bethel, CT: 85-Year-Old Dies After Rear-Ending Pickup (CT Post)

IMG_5980.jpgA collision with a livery cab sent a pickup truck into a Clinton Hill mosque. Photo: Robin Urban Smith
Injuries, Arrests and Property Damage

  • Manhattan: Brake Failure Cited as Concrete Truck Hits Cars, Building; 10 Hurt (Streetsblog, Post)

  • Manhattan: City Buses Collide in Midtown; 9 Injured (Gothamist)

  • Brooklyn: Driver Distracted by Cellphone Crashes Into Truck, Injuring 2 (Post)

  • Brooklyn: Unidentified Pedestrian Critically Injured in Ditmas Park (Post)

  • Staten Island: One-Car Crash Leaves Minivan on Its Roof (Advance)

  • White Plains: Pedestrian Paralyzed From Chest Down; No Charges for Driver (LoHud)

  • Manorville, LI: 81-Year-Old Driver Seriously Hurt in One-Car Crash (Newsday)

  • Nassau Co.: Drunk Driver Clocked at 105 MPH on Meadowbrook Pkwy. (Newsday)

  • Carle Place, LI: Man Ticketed for Speeding Harasses Trooper's Mom (Newsday)

  • Newark: Pedestrian Hit by Dump Truck Driver, in Critical Condition (S-L)

  • Newark: Van Driver Is Sixth to Hit Same House in Four Years (S-L)

  • Milford, CT: Driver Plows Into Nail Salon, Injuring 8 (CT Post)

  • Kenilworth, NJ: 6-Year-Old Pedestrian Hospitalized After Collision (NJLN)

  • Sayreville, NJ: Seton Hall Basketball Player Charged in DWI Crash (S-L)

Following Up

  • Institutional Dysfunction Linked to Deadly Behavior at MTA and NYPD (Streetsblog

  • Related: Raging Bus Driver Who Killed Seth Kahn Ticketed for Failure to Yield (News)

  • Related: 170 Bus Drivers Caught Texting-While-Driving This Year (News)

  • Related: Unions Cites Shift Structure as Cause of Rampant Drunk Driving by NYPD Detectives (News)

  • Albany Reluctant to Protect Kids From Drunk Drivers (Observer, Post, News 1, 2)

  • Villager: City Needs Safer Bike Lanes; Legislature Should Pass Leandra's Law

  • Smithtown, LI: Cops Looking for Driver Who Ran Over Motorcycle Passenger (Newsday)

  • Taconic Wrong-Way Tragedy Officially Devolves Into Soap Opera Spectacle (Newsday

  • Suffolk Co.: Kids of Officer Killed by DWI Driver Receive College Grant (Newsday)

  • Milford, CT: Cop in Collision That Killed 2 Teens Charged With Manslaughter (CT Post)

carnage_bugatti_ap.jpgPhoto: AP
Out of Town

  • Rincon, Puerto Rico: Long Islander Charged With DWI in "Car-Surfing" Death (Newsday)

  • Ellenville, NY: Medical Examiner Charged With Driving Drunk to Crash Site (AP)

  • Oklahoma City: Elephant Escapes Circus, Hit by SUV (AP)

  • La Marque, TX: Man Reaching for Phone Drives $1M Bugatti Into Marsh; Blames Pelican (AP)

  • San Francisco: Trucker Dies in 200-Foot Plummet From Bay Bridge (AP)

  • Miami, FL: Lawrence Taylor Arrested After Hit-and-Run Collision (News)

Trends and Other News

* 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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