Hit-and-Run Driver Critically Injures Woman Jogging in Prospect Park

The crash occurred at a time of day and location where private motorists are not allowed in the park.

The approximate location where a driver critically injured a 51-year-old jogger this morning. Photo: Google Maps
The approximate location where a driver critically injured a 51-year-old jogger this morning. Photo: Google Maps

A hit-and-run driver struck and critically injured a woman jogging in Prospect Park at around 5 a.m. this morning.

The 51-year-old woman was running on the West Drive just north of the tennis courts when the driver of a black vehicle hit her from behind, according to police. She was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center, and remains there in critical but stable condition.

Cars are not permitted on the West Drive at any time of the day, although city workers — usually police or Parks Department staff — still drive there.

The East Drive of the park is the only part open to motor vehicle traffic, and only from 7 to 9 a.m. on weekdays. In October, after a car-free summer trial, the city announced that private car traffic would not longer be allowed on the East Drive either, but that doesn’t take effect until January 2.

Despite the restrictions on driving in the park, entrances do not have permanent design features to keep cars out, and scofflaw drivers can get around the fences in place. Police are also known to use the park loop as a shortcut.

This morning’s crash occurred within the jurisdiction of the NYPD’s 78th Precinct, and in the City Council district represented by Brad Lander.

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