Wednesday, May 23, 2012


I don't know anything about this case other than what's in the article, which is (possibly) a bit short on some key details, but whatever the laws are there's a bit of contrast of how an accident which occurred during the commission of another crime is treated (life in prison!) with the frequent way in which injuries and death are often treated in automobile accidents.

The actor Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap, Laverne & Shirley) was hit by a car on the Upper West Side yesterday, as were two other pedestrians, a trash can, and a mailbox, after two vehicles collided and lost control. McKean was bleeding from his head and taken to the hospital in critical condition. "That's a horrible corner, a very dangerous corner," a nearby doorman told DNAinfo, adding that cars run red lights all the time. "Believe me, this happens every week." Just as common: "No criminality was suspected in the smash-up, according to police," the Daily News reports, with photos of the street carnage. New York City has an ongoing problem with this sort of thing.