Family of Australian Tourist Madison Lyden, Who Was Killed by Drunk Driver in NYC, Speaks Out About ‘Horrific’ Loss

Madison Lyden was hit by a garbage truck while cycling in New York. (Facebook: Madison Lyden)
Madison Lyden was hit by a garbage truck while cycling in New York. (Facebook: Madison Lyden)

The family of a Tasmanian woman killed while cycling in New York has spoken out about the “horrific way” they lost the “loyal and loving” 23-year-old.

Madison Jane Lyden was cycling with a friend near Central Park about 4:45pm on Friday (local time) when a stopped car suddenly pulled out in front of her, forcing her to swerve into traffic, police said.

A garbage truck driver has been charged for drunk driving.

Ms Lyden’s twin sister Paige Lyden said she was devastated.

“I don’t know where to begin on what Madison meant to me and our family,” she said.

Her father Andrew Lyden said Madison was travelling the world with her best friend.

“Madison was a beautiful girl, a beautiful daughter. She was loyal and loving,” Mr Lyden said.

“Our girl was on the trip of a lifetime and I think she’d only spoken to me on the previous day or the day before and said ‘Dad, can you believe your little girl’s in New York City?’.

Mother Amanda Berry said Ms Lyden had just completed her fourth year of university.

“She was applying for Masters this year and she’s been travelling the world with her best friend, having the adventure of a lifetime.”

US network NBC reported a friend and passers-by delivered first aid but she was pronounced dead at hospital.

Truck driver Felipe D Chairez, 44, has been charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired and operating a commercial vehicle with an alcohol reading of 0.04-0.06 per cent or less, the New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed.

Beer cans were found in the garbage truck and he was arrested at the scene, local media reported.

It is understood Ms Lyden was not wearing a helmet.

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