Elderly Woman Killed in Bicycle Accident
An elderly woman has succumb to injuries she sustained last Thursday after being hit by a bicyclist in Central Park.
About the Bicycle Accident
According to CBS News, Jill Tarlov was crossing a traffic-light enforced crosswalk in Central Park when a bicyclist passing through slammed into her. The incident occurred near W. 63 St. and West Dr. around 4:30 p.m.
The bicyclist, 31-year-old Jason Marshall from Manhattan, stayed on scene until an ambulance arrived to take Tarlov to New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. It is not yet clear whether Marshall will be charged with a crime.
Tarlov suffered severe head trauma and was being kept alive by a ventilator, she died of her injuries Monday. Michael Wittman, a CBS executive in New York and Tarlov’s husband, said, “She was my wife. She was the best. She was walking in Central Park. We don't know if she had the light or he did… she was in the crosswalk.”
The Parks Department website states cyclists are expected to slow down at crosswalks and yield to pedestrians; the speed limit for cyclists is 25 miles per hour.
New York Cyclist Information
New York City Department of Transportation provided the following information:
- In 2013, 87 crashes occurred between bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Of the stated crashes, 52 resulted in bicyclist injuries.
- DOT's goal is to increase safe cycling by creating a network of bike lanes in communities where cycling is already a popular mode of transportation.
- The NYC Cycling Risk Indicator (CRI) describes changes in cyclist safety over the past 10 years while accounting for the increase in bicycle use in NYC—Change in the CRI shows a 73% decrease in the average risk of a serious injury experienced by commuter cyclists in the City.