Brandy Williams, the pedestrian sufferer of a Lengthy Island Metropolis hit-and-run final September, did all the pieces she was presupposed to do.
She IDed the perp who injured her earlier than driving away by getting a license plate quantity. She then notified a cop on the scene, who additionally recorded two eyewitnesses in a police report.
But the assailant acquired away. And, after injuring Williams’ wrist and foot, went on to kill two tots months later by the identical means.
Rattling proper we’re outraged.
If Dorothy Bruns, the medically addled motorist who plowed the identical Volvo by a Brooklyn intersection final month, killing Four-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and 1-year-old Joshua Lew, had been correctly prosecuted for that earlier bout of reckless driving, she simply might need been taken off the highway.
And so, we add a human failure to the breakdown in technology-enabled legislation — eight velocity digicam and red-light digicam violations for Bruns’ automotive over 19 months, with no actual penalties — to cease a confirmed menace earlier than she killed.
Six months earlier than the deadly Brooklyn crash, Williams gave her report on the incident, as did witnesses, to an NYPD sergeant within the freeway squad — who then didn’t file the paperwork that may have alerted detectives to observe up.
It’s true, there would have been no certainty, even had detectives constructed a robust case, even had the Queens DA been prepared and in a position to deliver fees for fleeing the scene of an injury-causing collision, a misdemeanor, that Bruns would’ve been stored from getting again behind the wheel.
However felony penalties taken severely simply might need prompted revelation of the disabling medical situation, a number of sclerosis, that police consider performed a task within the Brooklyn tragedy, and led to orders for Bruns to cease driving.
If the toddler tragedy highlighted the boundaries of digicam know-how as presently utilized to catch brazen recidivists, the Williams incident highlights the ripple results of cops treating with a shrug hit-and-runs leading to lower than a fatality or extreme mangling.
Mayor de Blasio’s Imaginative and prescient Zero, to make the streets safer for pedestrians, is a noble campaign. It wants sharper enamel.