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Garbage truck driver charged over Aussie's death in NYC

Garbage truck driver charged over Aussie's death in NYC

Madison Jane Lyden, a swim teacher from Geelong, was on a rented bicycle and biking north in the Central Park West bike lane just before 4:45 p.m. when a parked black Toyota livery auto suddenly "pulled out into the bike lane", police say.

Twenty-four cyclists were killed on NY streets past year.

Following the incident, the New York Police Department carried out drug and alcohol testing on the driver of the bin lorry. "For her to be taken from us in such a horrific way is gut-wrenching".

The driver of the truck, 44-year-old Felipe Chairez, was later arrested on charges including driving while intoxicated.

Prosecutors allege three empty beer cans were allegedly found inside Chairez's truck after it was stopped, according to the New York Post.

A friend who was travelling with Lyden rushed to her side after the accident and was heard shouting "baby, baby, baby, wake up", and attempting to resuscitate her until an ambulance arrived.

They include a ride in a double-decker open-top bus in NY and posing in front of a large fountain, likely in Central Park.

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"Our girl was on the trip of a lifetime, and she'd only spoken to me I think the previous day ... and said, 'Dad, can you believe your little girl is in New York City?' " teary-eyed dad Andrew Lyden told Tasmania's Southern Cross News. More and more people are traveling by bike in our city, and they need safe, protected space.

"This is disgusting what happened here", he said.

The mayor called Lyden's death "another example of reckless driving".

An NYPD spokesman said a Toyota pulled out in front of Madison, news.com.au reported.

It happened around 5 p.m. on West 67th Street near Central Park West.

Both the livery cab and truck drivers remained at the scene.