A hit-and-run driver struck and critically injured a woman jogging in Prospect Park at around 5 a.m. this morning.
The 51-year-old woman was running on the West Drive just north of the tennis courts when the driver of a black vehicle hit her from behind, according to police. She was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center, and remains there in critical but stable condition.
Cars are not permitted on the West Drive at any time of the day, although city workers — usually police or Parks Department staff — still drive there.
The East Drive of the park is the only part open to motor vehicle traffic, and only from 7 to 9 a.m. on weekdays. In October, after a car-free summer trial, the city announced that private car traffic would not longer be allowed on the East Drive either, but that doesn’t take effect until January 2.
Despite the restrictions