November 10, 2011 / Brooklyn news / Park Slope / Meadows of Shame

Park lover in a coma after being run down by cyclist

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A beloved Prospect Park volunteer was badly injured — and is now in a coma — after a collision with a cyclist on her own turf on Thursday.

Linda Cohen, a 54-year-old power-walker, was crossing West Lake Drive near the Vanderbilt Playground at 2:50 pm, when she was struck by a 61-year-old racing cyclist headed southbound, according to cops.

Cohen was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where doctors induced a coma, according to the blog, A Walk in the Park, which first reported the accident.

The crash comes after at least three cycling-related accidents plagued the park this past summer — and after park-goers complained to the city about hazy bike-and-walking path rules on the very same loop.

In this case, the cyclist stayed at the scene and was not issued a summons or charged with a crime.

“We all just have to be careful and pay attention,” said Paul Nelson, spokesman for Prospect Park Alliance. “Our thoughts and prayers are with [Cohen] and her family for a speedy and full recovery.”

A task force will meet next week to examine how to better — and more safely — share the street.

Prospect Park Road Sharing Task Force [Meet at the Prospect Park picnic house, just south of the Third Street entrance, (646) 393-9031], Nov. 16, 6 pm.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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Publius from Bklyn USA says:
So which genius at the so-called Brooklyn Paper adds the "Meadows of Shame" graphic to a story like this?

I propose a Murdoch "Paper of Shame" graphic for this publication. Though that's redundant, all of Sir Rupert's media properties are shameful.
Nov. 10, 2011, 4:16 pm
S from PPW says:
How tasteless! A woman is in a coma, her family is probably worried sick, and the picture you use to illustrate the story is a crying squirrel?

For the record, I don't think your inane "Mean Streets" image would be all that more appropriate but this is a new low.

What a disgusting choice on the part of the Brooklyn Paper.

If it was your mom or sister in a coma, maybe you'd think twice about garbage like this.
Nov. 10, 2011, 5:33 pm
Sister Squirell from BB says:
Listen honey - check your Squirell issues at the door!
Maybe the person run over was a squirell or was in a relationship with one.
Nov. 10, 2011, 7:40 pm
Friend from BKLYN says:
I assure you that the person who was run over was a better human being than anyone who would suggest otherwise. Thank you S from PPW and Publius from Bklyn USA for your kind words and thoughts. We are all worried sick about Linda. She is a phenomenal woman and friend, and we are all deeply concerned for her.
Nov. 10, 2011, 10:24 pm
Grd from PPW says:
By using that stupid squirrel graphic, the Brooklyn Paper enables abusive comments like the ones from Sister Squirrel.

My thoughts are prayers go out to the victim's family.
Nov. 11, 2011, 8:58 am
Opus the Poet from Garland TX says:
The police report says the victim stepped out in front of the bike just a fraction of a second before it hit her, which makes this a jaywalking incident not a "psyclists are terrorz" thing. The injuries are consistent with the bicycle doing about 20 MPH in a 25 MPH zone, so not "speeding". It was just a moment's inattention on the part of the victim along with the cyclist not having time to react.

I have nothing bad to say about the victim, either. We all have bad days when our attention wanders, and bicycles are nearly silent by nature since they lack the big noise-maker that motor vehicles use to get around. So without the noise we associate with motor vehicles to attract her attention she just walked in front of the bicycle.
Nov. 11, 2011, 11:54 am
Jbob from Park Slope says:
Why is it when ever a bike hurts someone theres always some demented bike advocate rushing to explain how its someones fault other than the biker. Just the opposite when a car is involved in an accident. Just admit that all vehicles bring their own safety hazards with them.

And shame on you for blaming the victim and polluting the comments with your advocacy.
Nov. 11, 2011, 2:25 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I would love to hear how some websites like Streetsblog will try to spin it and claim that it wasn't their fault. Their whole idea is to say bicycles are good while cars are bad. Then again, they will probably try to shove it under the rug are just say it in passing. I have seen where Streetsblog never includes accidents done by cyclists, and the weekly carnage report ignores them a lot. I can still remember how they called Nancy Gruskin a disgruntled nut after her husban got killed by a messenger cyclist who was flouting the law. This accident shows once again that bicycles can in fact hurt someone, and that action needs to be taken on them. I say that we start recquiring bicycles to be licensed, registered, and insured so that they can be tracked just like motorists who flee the scene of an accident. The only reason why bike zealouts hate this is because it will mean that they caught much more when they used to get away with it all the time. Again, I have nothing against those that like to ride bicycles, just those who think that they are above the laws with them.
Nov. 11, 2011, 3:39 pm
S from PPW says:
Streetsblog linked to a story about this incident this morning. They did not shove it under the rug.
Nov. 11, 2011, 4:48 pm
RichieRich from Brooklyn says:
This isn't a pro bike lane puff piece, whats it doing here in the Brooklyn paper?
Nov. 13, 2011, 1:44 am
Susan from Park Slope says:
"Run Down By Cyclist," really?

My understanding is that the injured party stepped into the path of a cyclist and that this was an unfortunate accident. The writer's agenda is clear with her misleading words. This is irresponsible reporting at its finest.

My thoughts are with the pedestrian and her family at this time. And with the cyclist, who seems to have acted properly.
Nov. 14, 2011, 1:39 pm
Jay Liquori from Bay Ridge says:
Terrible what happened, even worse reporting.
Nov. 14, 2011, 2 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First off, don't attack me personally for what I am going to say. This incident prooves my point that cyclists are completely self-preoccupied and oblivious to the laws that govern motorists. Those streetsblogger zealouts will spin it against the moral but silent majority that I represent, but the fact is that somebody is in a coma becuase of a biker. Goes to show you that bike lanes or no bike lanes, bikers flagerently disreguaurd the rights of pedestrians and motorists alike. I am sick of my taxdollars going to support them and their ilk. If it had been a motorist stricking the pedestrian, you can be sure that they would be spending some time behind bars.
Nov. 15, 2011, 2:26 pm
Mike says:
Tal: And the hundreds of people killed by cars each year don't "proove" the point that motorists are completely self-preoccupied and oblivious to the laws that govern motorists?
Nov. 16, 2011, 4:23 pm

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