From the NY Post:
A bicyclist speeding through Central Park in full racing gear with a pack of other cyclists slammed into a 73-year-old grandmother yesterday near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, witnesses said.
“It happened so fast” said Gloria Roth, a lifelong friend of victim Ruth Shack. “Before I knew, she was down on the floor screaming.”
Shack, a public school teacher from Rockland County, was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital with broken ribs, two damaged neck vertebrae and facial cuts.
The victim was crossing East 84th Street with Roth and another pal. She had made it 20 yards from the crosswalk at around 10:30 a.m. when she was struck.
An avid ice skater and tennis player, she had driven from Rockland County to see her friends and visit the park.
Another cyclist, an off-duty EMT, helped Shack into an ambulance while the rider that struck her took off.
Shack declined to file a report, police said.
Rumor has it the biker was either drunk, an asshole or both.