Madison Jane Lyden, a 23-year-old Australian woman, was hit and killed by a garbage truck on Central Park West between 66th and 67th Street while riding a bike on Friday afternoon.
Lyden was riding north on CPW in the bike lane around 4:40 p.m. when a black Toyota livery vehicle pulled into the lane, the police said in a statement. Lyden swerved into the vehicle lanes and was hit by a private carting truck that was traveling north, police said. Both vehicles remained on scene and the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the crash.
In a phone interview with WSR, Capt. Timothy Malin of the 20th Precinct said, “Our preliminary investigation has found that the actions of the bicyclist did not contribute to the collision. The actions of the TLC [livery] vehicle driver did contribute to the collision. Whether that driver receives summonses or is arrested depends on the District Attorney’s office.”
Malin added that the garbage truck driver, Felipe Chairez, 44, was arrested at the scene and will face charges of driving under the influence – several beer cans were found in the truck – and for driving a carting vehicle on a no-truck route.
The crash “is an exemplar for why protected bike lanes are safer,” wrote Nicolas Lawson, who rode by the scene on a bike and sent the photo below of the livery cab. “The current bike lane is a transient zone for cars going to and from the curb and not a safe place for cyclists.”
Lawson wrote that he is not generally a fan of bike lanes, but believes that “in high commuter and tourists corridors I think they are a must.”
“On the same ride home I saw a pickup truck force a Citibike commuter into a parked car at 60th and less than a half a mile later I came across this. From there to 93rd st I counted how many times I was forced into the middle traffic lane by cars parking, picking up, or turning. Four times in a mile I made the same decision that cost this person their life.”
“The 10 minutes I save by taking CPW over CP east drive in order to spend more time with my family is looking a lot less valuable.”
Photos below by a tipster who wished to remain anonymous.
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This story has been updated with additional information from police and a witness who saw the aftermath.