Pedestrian deaths in New York City are on pace to eclipse homicides in 2014.
Under pressure from City Council and a coalition of bicycle and pedestrian advocates, the NYPD has made changes to how it investigates -- and talks about -- traffic collisions. In a letter to city councilors revealed yesterday, Police Chief Ray Kelly announced a number of changes in how the departm ... More >>
A grieving family's lawsuit against the NYPD over the department's heel-dragging in turning over information about the death of a cyclist was dismissed today. When Mathieu Lefevre was killed by a truck while cycling in Williamsburg last October, his family wanted to know what happened. The NYPD wo ... More >>
Shereese Francis was in mental distress. After police arrived, she was dead.
The story was so peculiar that you knew there had to be at least one more shoe poised to drop. Last night, the local NBC affiliate ran a story based on an unnamed source leaking the following information: There had been a break in the eight-years-cold investigation of the murder of Sarah Fox in Inw ... More >>
On March 15, Shereese Francis had a fight with her mother and became increasingly emotionally distraught. Francis, 30, lived at home in Queens, wasn't taking the medication prescribed for her schizophrenia. Her sister called 311, hoping to get Shereese to a hospital. Before an ambulance arrived, fo ... More >>
On July 10, 2011, Clara Heyworth was walking to meet her husband when she was fatally struck by motorist Anthony Webb, who was driving with a learner's permit, not a license. He also might have been drunk and speeding at the time of the incident. Webb was arrested at that time. The New York Police ... More >>
As the mother of slain cyclist Mathieu Lefevre sat stoically in the second row of the gallery, lawyers for the New York Police Department tried to explain to a judge why it has taken more than five months to comply with her Freedom of Information request information about how he died. Questioned by ... More >>
With stats attributing more deaths to traffic than guns in New York, confusion over cyclists' rights, and continued criticism of the NYPD's handling of bike accidents, many bikers probably want to know: what are the rules of the city's roads? Well, Steve Vaccaro -- a daily cyclist, lawyer who work ... More >>
When Mathieu Lefevre was thrown from his bicycle and killed by a truck in Brooklyn last October, his case became Exhibit A for cycling advocates who have argued for years that bicyclists killed on the streets of New York almost never get justice from the police. That complaint is finally reaching p ... More >>
The police department is called on the carpet for its dismissive approach to bike deaths
The saga of the NYPD's flawed investigation into the death of cyclist Mathieu Lefevre last fall was already full of stupefying examples of incompetence and apparent untruth. It took a full two months for the NYPD to even go looking for video footage of the accident, and even then only at the prom ... More >>
Forced by a looming Freedom of Information Law deadline, on Friday the New York Police Department finally told the mother of Mathieu Lefevre what it knows about the cycling death of her son last fall. The documents released directly contradict the initial version of events put out by police, and su ... More >>
The NYPD hands out plenty of traffic tickets