The PJ Tatler

Woman Declared Brain-Dead After Being Hit By Cyclist In Central Park

Heartbreaking.

A cyclist pedaling a $4,000 racing bike at high speed through Central Park slammed into a suburban mom in town shopping for her daughter’s birthday present — leaving the woman brain-dead, sources said.

Jill Tarlov, 59, of Fairfield, Conn., the wife of a CBS executive, was in a crosswalk near 63rd Street when Jason Marshall, 31, came barreling along West Drive at around 4:30 p.m. and yelled for her to get out of his way, law enforcement sources said.

Tarlov was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was declared brain-dead, the sources said.

This is a terrible, and wholly avoidable tragedy. Cyclists in every city I visit seem to be getting bolder and more lacking in regard for pedestrians and traffic laws in recent years. They’re allowed to ride on sidewalks here in LA, so they randomly jump from there to the street and back without much warning. It’s a dicier proposition for me to walk a block to 7-11 than to get on the 405 and drive fifteen miles.