Recent Brown University graduate Erinn Phelan, 22, who was hired in June as a coordinator for Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Civic Corps initiative, has been identified as one of the victims in an early-morning hit-and-run accident in Prospect Heights. Police sources tell the News that Phelan, who was crossing Flatbush Avenue with her college roommate, Alma Guerrero, 23, when they were hit by a speeding green Acura, was left brain dead by the accident. Guerrero is reportedly in stable condition.
Police, who were searching local surveillance camera phootage for an image of the driver earlier, say that his description matches that of the Acura’s owner, who apparently lives in the Bronx. They found the car outside the Atlantic Avenue terminal, and believe that the driver escaped on public transportation. Eight subways, as well as a Long Island Railroad line which runs to Jamaica, Queens, meet at the terminal.
NYC Civic Corps is intended as a Peace Corps-style public service initiative. Phelan previously worked as a programmer in the Careers in the Common Good initiaitive of the Brown Career Development Center, which connects Brown students with “career opportunities in the common good.” She told the Brown Daily Herald last year that the state of the economy “liberated” her from “standard trajectory” career pressures: “as long as you do something you’re passionate about, that’s enough. It’s a very freeing idea.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 21, 2010