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October, 2018

City sanitation driver cuffed for hitting and killing man while going wrong way on one-way street

Crown Heights: Police arrested a Department of Sanitation driver who hit and killed a man in Crown Heights after turning his city garbage truck the wrong way on a one-way street early Thursday morning. Comments (7)
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No words: Driver who killed kids in Slope, now free on bail, silent after latest court hearing

Park Slope: The driver who struck and killed two children in Park Slope in March returned to Supreme Court on Wednesday for a hearing she later walked out of as a free woman after making bail last month — but refused to answer questions while leaving the Jay Street courthouse. Comments (19)

August, 2018

Bushwick: The godmother of the 4-year-old girl whom a motorist fatally ran over on a Bushwick sidewalk before driving away blasted Mayor DeBlasio for showing little remorse in the months following the tragic June hit-and-run death. Comments (12)

Hard bargain: Slope-crash victims’ families would refuse plea deal with driver, lawyer claims

Park Slope: It’s too soon to seek a plea deal for the driver facing up to 15 years in prison for hitting and killing two kids on a Park Slope street, because the deceased youngsters’ parents would never accept a reasonable bargain just months after losing their children, defendant Dorothy Bruns’s attorney told a judge on Wednesday. Comment

The new Ninth: City begins safety fixes on street of fatal Slope crash

Park Slope: City workers will begin installing protected bike lanes and sidewalk extensions along Ninth Street in Park Slope this week, roughly five months after a driver killed two kids and injured their mothers and another man as they crossed the street at Fifth Avenue. Comments (3)

Carting truck’s tire flies off, kills NYPD employee

Bay Ridge: A loose tire flew off a private garbage truck and into another car on the road, killing the man inside it as he drove to work along the Gowanus Expressway on Wednesday morning, police said. Comments (2)

July, 2018

Bushwick: A group of mourners gathered on Tuesday to sing hymns and say prayers on the Bushwick pavement where a hit-and-run driver fatally ran over a 4-year-old girl one month prior, kicking off a year of such vigils to mark each month that passes since young Luz Gonzalez’s tragic death. Comment
Bushwick: Demonstrators swarmed the 83 Precinct station house on Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick on Thursday, demanding authorities explain why the hit-and-run driver who fatally ran over a 4-year-old on a nearby sidewalk on June 24 has yet to be arrested or charged, even after cops stopped her while she fled the scene. Comments (10)

June, 2018

Bushwick: Family and friends of the 4-year-old killed when a hit-and-run driver ran over her on a Bushwick sidewalk on Sunday commemorated her short life at a memorial march on Wednesday, where young Luz Gonzalez’s godmother demanded the motorist apologize for slaying her goddaughter, whose name means “light,” she said. Comments (16)
Bushwick: A driver fatally hit a 4-year-old while pulling out of a Bushwick laundromat’s parking lot on Sunday then fled the scene, but cops, who caught up with the motorist about a block away from the deadly hit-and-run, likely will not arrest her, a spokesman said. Comments (25)

No road out: Driver charged with manslaughter for fatal Slope crash stuck in Rikers

Park Slope: The motorist who crashed into five people crossing a Park Slope street in March, killing two kids and an unborn baby, cannot make bail and will wait out her trial in New York City’s notoriously hellish Rikers Island — where one deranged inmate already assaulted her, according to her lawyer. Comments (18)
Canarsie: A woman was killed and her son critically injured in a traffic accident on Seaview Avenue in Canarsie on June 12. Comments (3)
Greenpoint: Newly obtained documents related to the death of a young cyclist hit and killed by a driver for a notoriously negligent private carting company suggest the picture of what happened that night is far from complete, despite prosecutors’ decision not to press charges, according to the lawyer for the deceased’s family. Comments (23)

May, 2018

Ninth Street redesign coming in June, officials say

Park Slope: City transit leaders will unveil their plan to make Ninth Street safer in June, two months later than promised after a driver hit five people — killing two kids and a pregnant mother’s unborn baby — crossing the road at Fifth Avenue in March. Comments (8)

Pregnant Slope-crash survivor’s unborn baby dies

Park Slope: A pregnant mother’s unborn child died from injuries she and the baby sustained months ago when a driver hit the woman and fatally struck two kids on a Park Slope street, her lawyer announced in a statement on Wednesday. Comments (3)

April, 2018

Mayor DeBlasio is okay with the city’s multi-million-dollar business with private-sanitation company Action Carting, whose drivers have hit and killed five people in the last decade, according to his spokesman. Comments (12)
Authorities since 2012 dealt roughly 2,000 violations — hundreds of which were criminal — to the private-carting company with a history of recklessness at the wheel that the city pays millions in taxpayer dollars to haul trash, records show. Comments (5)

March, 2018

Road to change: Hizzoner demands Albany pass suite of laws to make streets safer

Park Slope: State leaders must pass laws that put more speed cameras on city streets, heighten punishments dealt to reckless motorists caught on those devices, and mandate doctors inform officials of drivers’ potentially debilitating health conditions, Mayor DeBlasio demanded on Thursday. Comments (14)

Making cents of it all: Records show multi-million dollar deals between city and garbage company

Greenpoint: The city hands over millions of dollars each year to the private carting company with an alleged culture of malfeasance whose unlicensed trucker got a slap on the wrist after he fatally collided with a cyclist in Greenpoint last year. Comments (2)
Park Slope: Kings County’s top prosecutor must probe the medical history of the woman who last Monday killed two children after she ran a red light and collided with them in Park Slope before he can charge her, he said. Comments (15)

Anger spurs action: City’s transit chief promises speedy safety improvements to Ninth Street in wake of fatal collision

Park Slope: A new plan to install protected bike lanes and other to-be-named “pedestrian-safety improvements” along Ninth Street will make it safer for locals to traverse the road where a woman killed two small kids and injured three adults last Monday, according to the city’s transit chief. Comments (9)

Small miracle: Pregnant Slope-crash survivor’s unborn baby will live, family says

Park Slope: A Tony Award–winning actress’s unborn child will survive after a driver ran over the pregnant woman last Monday in a harrowing Park Slope collision that claimed the life of her 4-year-old daughter and another 1-year-old boy. Comment
Park Slope: Harsher penalties must be dealt to reckless drivers whose behavior behind the wheel results in tragic collisions, Mayor DeBlasio told a crowd that rallied to confront him Tuesday morning as he left his gym on the same Park Slope street where a driver hit and killed two children on Monday. Comments (11)
Park Slope: Prosecutors did not immediately charge a female motorist after she allegedly killed two children and sent two women — one pregnant — and a man to the hospital with injuries when she plowed her vehicle into the victims while they crossed Ninth Street near Fifth Avenue in Park Slope on Monday afternoon. Comments (22)
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