File photo of Riverside Park bike and pedestrian path by Howard Brier.
A bicyclist racing “unbelievably fast” in Riverside Park slammed into a 2-year-old girl on Saturday night and biked away before authorities showed up, according to a witness who contacted Gothamist about the crash.
The crash occurred around 95th street inside the park on the shared bike-pedestrian path next to the Hudson River at about 6 p.m. Saturday. Witness Joshua Sperber said the toddler had head injuries.
“The girl appeared to be in shock, had an immediate severe bruise on her face, and suffered what seemed to be a seizure,” he wrote in an email.
Sperber says the woman on the bicycle stopped to apologize.
“She said, ‘I’m so sorry; I’m so sorry. I didn’t see her at all,'” Sperber remembers. The parents ignored her, and the cyclist became loud and more insistent, saying, “I’m sorry! I didn’t expect to see her right in the middle of the path.”
Sperber said he left after about 25 minutes, and no ambulance had shown up yet. FDNY said an ambulance came at 6:18 and drove the child to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s hospital. Police are now looking for the cyclist, described as a woman with chin-length brown hair who is about 50 years old, stands 5-foot-9 and weighs around 140 pounds. She could be charged with failure to exercise due care resulting in serious injury, which carries a possible fine of $750 and up to 15 days in jail.
Police describe the woman’s bike as “multi-colored,” and though Sperber didn’t pay close attention to it, he is sure it wasn’t a beach cruiser. “This was not a leisurely bike ride,” he said. “This was a hardcore exercise routine.” He said he hopes the authorities find the woman so that she has to answer to the victim’s family, and potentially pay their medical bills.
Read the full account at Gothamist.
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