Jason Marshall, the bicyclist who hit 59-year-old Jill Tarlov in the crosswalk in Central Park last week, broke his silence on Tuesday, releasing a statement through his lawyer. Tarlov died on Monday. As of Tuesday, Marshall had not been charged.
“I am deeply, deeply saddened about the accidental collision that I had with Ms. Jill Tarlov last week and her subsequent passing. I am utterly devastated. Please know that this was an unavoidable accident. I extend my deepest sympathies to Mr. Wittman and his entire family. Since the day of the accident, I and my family have been in constant prayer for her and her family. This is the deepest of pain. It is the deepest of tragedies.”
Central Park police have been issuing more tickets to bicyclists since the crash, according to A Walk in the Park: a total of 103 summonses were issued over 3 days. For the year, 608 bike summonses have been issued in the park, versus 169 in the same period last year.
- Friday, 9/19
56 summonses issued
- Saturday, 9/20
27 summonses issued
- Sunday, 9/21
20 summonses issued
- 42 summonses were issued in the targeted-enforcement area of 60 Street and West Drive to 65 Street and West Drive from 9/18/14-9/21/14.
- Headphones: 30
- Failure to yield to pedestrian: 29
- Red light: 26
Bicycling and pedestrian advocacy group Right of Way also put up signs saying “20 is Plenty,” urging bicyclists to slow down.
The Times reports, however, that police presence was light on Tuesday, and lawbreaking continued.
“But in Central Park on Tuesday afternoon, the police presence was light. In the immediate vicinity of Thursday’s accident, only one police car appeared during a two-hour period. Through a loudspeaker, the police officer, without leaving his car, warned a cluster of cyclists to stop at the red light.
As the afternoon wore on, nearly a dozen other cyclists ran red lights, sometimes looking around as if to see if anyone was watching. They also rode in a lane on the inbound side of the road that is designated for pedestrians and joggers. One cyclist even did so while heading in the wrong direction.”