Madison Jane Lyden an Australian tourist riding her bike along NYC’s UWS is killed by a private sanitation truck after swerving to avoid an Uber blocking lanes.
Madison Jane Lyden, 23, was cycling in the bike lane when she was suddenly forced to veer around an Uber blocking the lane at around 5:10 p.m., according to law enforcement sources.
Abc7ny reported upon Madison Lyden swerving into merged traffic, only to be struck by the private sanitation truck and suffering ‘severe head trauma.’
Police say the 23-year-old was struck at 70 Central Park West between 66th and 67th Street while riding in the bike lane. Officials say a black Toyota livery vehicle pulled out into the bike lane from a stopped position. It is initially believed Lyden had the right of way.
Despite being rushed to Mount Sinai West Hospital, Lyden was declared dead.
Of disconcert, police officers recovered empty beer cans in the private sanitation truck. It remained unclear when the alcohol was consumed and whether the driver was intoxicated at the time of the collision. Results of blood alcohol tests were not immediately available.
Both drivers remained on the Upper West Side scene.
A regard of Lyden’s Facebook page revealed her living in Geelong, Melbourne and hailing from Tasmania and appearing to be on international travels. Her latest stop had brought her along with friends to NYC, in what was presumably supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. Madison’s wall listed her as a former Swim Instructor at Leisurelink and a student of MacKillop College.
The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad will continue to investigate.
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