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Motorist strikes, injures jogger in Prospect Park hit-and-run

Scene of the accident: A motorist hit and seriously injured a woman running along Prospect Park’s West Drive this morning, before speeding away, police said.
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A driver seriously injured a 51-year-old woman jogging in Prospect Park in a hit-and-run collision before sunrise Thursday morning.

The motorist behind the wheel of a black car illegally cruising the park’s West Drive — which Mayor DeBlasio permanently banned all traffic from in 2015 — hit the victim on the road near Park Circle at 5 am before speeding off, cops said.

Another runner came to the woman’s aid, and paramedics rushed her to Maimonides Medical Center to get treated for multiple fractures to her pelvis, leg, and ribs, according to police, who described the victim’s condition as critical, but stable.

The mayor announced earlier this year that Brooklyn’s Backyard will be entirely car-free starting Jan. 2, when vehicles will be permanently prohibited from the Downtown-bound East Drive — which motorists can currently cruise from 7 to 9 am on weekdays.

Authorities’ search for the hit-and-run driver is ongoing, police said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:51 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Bea from Park Slop says:
Why was she jogging in the street? It's like she was asking to be hit! She's lucky this didn't happen earlier!
Dec. 7, 2017, 4:57 pm
Elizabeth from Widsor Terrace says:
That is the mother of one of my schoolmates. No one asks to be hit by car, ever. She isn’t lucky at all. Don’t ever say that.
Dec. 7, 2017, 7:32 pm
Al from Park Slope says:
I wouldn't be surprised if it was an off duty cop on the way to work. For whatever reason the city allows cops in their private vehicles to drive through the park on their way to work. Just this evening I was jogging on Center Drive in Prospect Park and 4 off duty cops blew past me.
Dec. 7, 2017, 7:38 pm
mike by bike from Kensington says:
Damn Bikers! ban them from the park. oh wait
Dec. 7, 2017, 7:56 pm
Cee from Flatbush says:
Sorry, Bea, the woman wasn't jogging in the street. She was jogging in a park that is closed to through-traffic.
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:39 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
Time to just close the park to car traffic. Not needed, and does more harm than good. The last study found only a few hundred cars use the shortcut anyway.
Dec. 8, 2017, 1:01 pm
Michael Ring from Park Slope says:
There only could've been two reasons this driver was in the park at that hour.. They could have been confused/drunk or they could've felt they were entitled to be there at that hour because of their association with law enforcement or a city agency that manages the park. Either way I hope after rush-hour traffic is permanently banned for the park additional signage and enforcement is created so that more people don't get hurt or worse.
Dec. 9, 2017, 9:56 am

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