When a motorist killed Phil O’Reilly as he crossed Union Turnpike outside Carnesecca Arena in January, NYPD filed no charges and said O’Reilly was crossing against the light. Police cited no evidence to back up the claim that the driver, who hit O’Reilly with a Nissan Altima, was not at fault.
But the city’s open data portal shows that the same Nissan was cited for speeding five times in less than two years and a red light violation two months before O’Reilly was killed.
The history of dangerous moving violations raises questions about NYPD’s crash investigation and reinforces the need for new measures to keep habitual reckless drivers off the streets.
A popular ride leader for the Five Borough Bike Club, O’Reilly, 71, was struck at around 11 p.m. on January 23 on the westbound side of the turnpike at 175th Street, on the border of the St. John’s University Queens campus, where