'Drunk' NY Garbage Truck Driver Charged After Killing Aussie Tourist
Police allegedly collected two empty beer cans from the cab of the driver after the fatal collision.
A 44-year-old garbage truck driver has been charged with drink driving and other charges after he fatally struck an Australian tourist on a bicycle in New York City.
Madison Jane Lydon, 23, of Tasmania, was killed when she was hit by the truck while cycling uptown in the Central Park West bike lanes.
Police said the Lydon veered into traffic on Friday afternoon local time when a stationary taxi suddenly pulled out in front of her. She swerved to avoid the vehicle blocking the bike lane, and was then struck by a garbage truck.
She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Felipe Chairez, 44, faced court charged with drunken-driving, driving while impaired and operating a commercial vehicle while intoxicated, New York Daily News has reported.
A transportation advocacy group said it was "a crash waiting to happen" because "lazy and entitled drivers" are parking, dropping people off and idling in bike lanes.
Transportation Alternatives said Lyden's death "underscores the need for every major street in New York City to have a safe, protected space to travel by bike."
Ten has contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs for comment.
More to come.
Photo: Katy Renn.