It is as though Roxana were collateral damage, a human fender bender in the movement of huge trucks and vans and cars through the streets of New York.
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“…shadow flicker in front of the truck’s right headlight.” really says a lot about the price of trying to stay “out of the way.” She’d probably be alive today if you didn’t have to “…look very closely…” to see her. And the driver of that truck would have a clear conscience, even if she’d irritated him at the time.
That NY Times article sure raises one’s level of cynicism about life and death in the Big Apple. Or TX. Or NM. Homicide is legal as long as done with a motor vehicle.
“They investigate only when a victim is ‘considered likely to die.’ ”
So in New York, if you want to hurt someone really badly, and if you can avoid making them die or nearly die – do it with a motor vehicle and the police won’t even investigate.
“Departmental procedure also prohibits officers from writing even a ticket unless they personally witnessed the accident.”
So even if laws must have been broken, you cannot be ticketed unless the police saw you do it. Imagine how that would work with bank robbery, rape, or murder. It wouldn’t work, and it doesn’t work with traffic violations either.
This is the twisted world of autocentricity in which we live. Traffic accidents cause the most people to die, of all unnatural causes, in the entire world – far more than all the world’s murders, yet police don’t even investigate them.
Ian… Yep. Want to murder someone in the State of MO? You have two options: Run them down while they ride a bicycle or take them hunting and mistake them for a deer.
Andy, what’s the latest on the Cherry Street Bike lane? I lampooned it on my own site, but if it was a legitimate mistake, I assume its being erased post haste?
Khal… Well, it was a mistake, but the city doubled-down when it added the lane symbols. STAR Team meets this week, so more soon.
Sounds like they are entrenching a mistake.