A 55-year-old woman out for a walk was struck by a bicyclist and seriously hurt last Thursday in Prospect Park. She was brought to Kings County Hospital where she was put into a medically induced coma, A Walk In the Park has learned.
Brooklyn resident and avid power-walker Linda Cohen was hit by a speeding bike on November 3rd at approximalty 2:50pm when she stepped onto the West Drive, according to sources.
The accident occurred near on the drive near the Vanderbilt St. Playground opposite the Well(house) drive junction with Lake Drive. The area is the steepest grade of the park drives that goes down for a 1/4 mile. A source said she was hit by bike racer.
The cyclist remained at the scene.
A number of bike accidents in the park have recenlty been reported. Park goers have long advocated for greater enforcement of speeding bicyclists.
Ms. Cohen remains sedated and in an induced coma. She is a long-time and beloved volunteer in the park.
The Prospect Park Road Sharing Task Force will convene a meeting at the Prospect Park picnic house, (just south of the Third Street entrance) on November 16, at 6 p.m. (646) 393-9031 - press # 2. - Geoffrey Croft
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