Prospect Park Volunteer In Coma After Being Struck By Cyclist
The Gothamist: Prospect Park Volunteer In Coma After Being Struck By Cyclist
The cyclist, whose name we have not been able to obtain, remained at the scene and refused medical treatment. Cohen, a long-time volunteer at the park, was reportedly conscious when she was taken to the hospital before being sedated and put in the coma she remains in. Sources tell A Walk that the cyclist was a "bike racer."
When asked about the sad story, a spokesperson for Transportation Alternatives reminds cyclists that, "Bicyclists should always yield to and look out for pedestrians. Our responsibility to others increases in direct proportion to our ability to cause harm on the street."
Despite all the concerns about the Prospect Park West bike lane and the danger it does or does not present to pedestrians, clearly the interior of the park can be a rough place too. Earlier this summer a petition was put online that aimed to make the park safer for cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. It was started after another pedestrian was struck by a cyclist in the park and suffered a brain injury. At least in both cases the cyclists were decent enough to stick around. A recent study found that bikes hit more pedestrians than had been previously thought.