Australian cyclist killed by garbage truck while holidaying in NY

Australian cyclist killed by garbage truck while holidaying in NY

A truck driver has been charged in connection with the death of 23-year-old Aussie tourist Madison Lyden, who was killed yesterday while riding a rented bicycle near Central Park in NY.

Chairez's garbage truck struck Lyden when she swerved to avoid a auto parked in the bike lane.

Chairez was arraigned on Saturday afternoon local time, and per the New York Daily News, the court heard that two empty beer cans were found in the cab of his vehicle.

Local authorities said the 23-year-old was forced to swerve into a auto lane when a cab pulled into the bike lane she was riding in.

The 23-year-old was cycling near Central Park when she swerved to avoid an Uber.

Garbage truck driver, Felipe Chairez, 44, (right) appeared to be drunk when police arrived at the scene.

Despite being rushed to Mount Sinai West Hospital, Lyden was declared dead.

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Ms Lyden moved from Lauderdale in Tasmania to Geelong in Victoria in 2016 to study. It's not clear whether he has an attorney who could speak for him.

As she navigated around the livery vehicle, Chairez slammed into her with his sanitation truck.

Dozens of bystanders rushed to Lyden's aid.

The advocacy group Transportation Alternatives says Lyden's death underscores the need for protected bike lanes.

Ms Lyden had been working at a Waurn Ponds aquatic centre for nearly two years.

"She's really well liked by her team and also the families that come to the centre", they told 7 News.

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