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.
Since July 17, all of Prospect Park has been continuously off-limits to private car traffic for the longest time in generations, since the loop was first allowed to become a shortcut for motorized traffic. Why not keep it that way?
DOT says it will evaluate traffic and safety impacts of the car-free trial and make a decision about whether to make it permanent. That could mean traffic will be back on the east side of the loop during the morning weekday rush starting on September 11.
Prospect Park will be completely car-free from July 17 through September 10, Mayor de Blasio and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced this morning. It's the first time that Prospect Park will cease to be a shortcut for car traffic for more than a few days at a time.