In New York City, guns are outlawed, which means no one has them but the cops, the crims, and the connected (and the big intersections between those sets). Yet they still seem to have plenty of murders, mostly in the city’s thriving drug industry.
But New Yorkers don’t need guns to kill one another. In a span of barely two and a half hours on New Year’s morning, three men in their fifties were killed by separate motorists — two pedestrians nailed by hit and runs, and one taxi passenger killed when a drunk slammed into his cab. The New York Post tabloid:
The mayhem began in Queens about 2:30 a.m., when a 52-year-old man was killed by a driver as he tried to cross South Conduit Avenue near Rockaway Boulevard. The driver continued on after the crash, cops said.
Less than an hour later in Brooklyn, a taxi initially collided with another vehicle on Avenue P near West 2nd Street, police said.
The cab’s fare, 56-year-old Abraham Shmailov, died in the Bensonhurst crash.
The other car’s driver Michael Peter, 24, and the 66-year-old man behind the wheel of the taxi suffered non-life threatening injuries, and were treated at Lutheran Hospital.
Peter was arrested Sunday night and charged with driving while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide for causing the crash that killed Shmailov.
Also about 5:10 a.m. Sunday, a 53-year-old man was struck and killed by a car on a Brooklyn street.
The victim was hit as he tried to cross Conduit Boulevard near Crescent Street. The driver subsequently lost control and crashed.
The driver got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
That last guy put the run in the hit and run. The other hit-and-run killer was driving a Mustang, which later turned up somewhat the worse for wear.
Not going to get much evidence out of that one.
One interesting side effect of all the CSI shows imputing supernatural powers to crime scene evidence technicians is that more and more of your savvy crims and corrections system frequent flyers are torching their crime cars, and some of them are lighting up their victims and scenes, too. Usually there are still plenty of other leads, but in comparatively rare stranger crimes (like, for instance, a hit and run), the crumb might actually get away with it.