Garbage Truck Driver Facing DWI Charges In Bicyclist’s Death Near Central Park

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- A young woman from Australia was killed while bicycling on the Upper West Side on Friday afternoon.

According to the NYPD, the woman was hit after swerving to avoid a cab that had pulled into the bicycle lane she was riding in.

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

Twenty-four cyclists were killed on NY streets a year ago.

"I don't really know where to begin on what Madison meant to me and our family", Paige Lyden told the outlet.

Dozens rushed to the her aid before she was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The truck's driver, Felipe Chairez, was hit with a slew of charges, including DWI, after cops found three empty beer cans inside his truck and he admitted to drinking two, prosecutors charge. More and more people are traveling by bike in our city, and they need safe, protected space. We're going to make sure there's a full investigation and we're going to make sure that there are real consequences if anything happened here that was illegal'.

Abc7ny reported upon Madison Lyden swerving into merged traffic, only to be struck by the private sanitation truck and suffering 'severe head trauma'.

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

The NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad will continue to investigate.

Police say both drivers remained on scene.