Madison Jane Lyden was bicycling on Central Park West on Friday afternoon when she swerved to get out of the way of a cab that had pulled out into the bike lane and was hit and killed by a garbage truck.
Lyden was in New York on vacation from her home in Australia, where she had recently graduated from Deakin University, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. She was originally from Tasmania. Her father, a local builder, had constructed a charity house called Madison House after his daughter, who had Type 1 diabetes.
“She was overseas on what both of her parents described to reporters as “the trip of a lifetime,” the Herald reported.
The Times talked to one of Lyden’s friends.
“It was not long ago that we celebrated our graduation together,” said one friend, Caity Ashton, who met Ms. Lyden when they were both students at Deakin University, according to The Geelong Advertiser newspaper. “I made a lifelong friend. She was incredibly intelligent and so full of life.” She added, “She was so beautiful both inside and out.”
The truck driver was charged with driving under the influence after beer cans were found in his truck. His blood alcohol level was .04, the legal limit for truck drivers, the Times reported.
Lyden had been biking with a friend when she was struck. Raymond Ng, a nurse manager at Mt. Sinai’s St. Luke’s campus, told us he attempted to help her before ambulances arrived.
“When I was on my way home I drove down CPW and upon crossing 67 or 68th Street, I saw an unresponsive young lady that was on the ground right in front of the minivan. Two bikes were noticed near the minivan (parked at the bus stop). I initially suspected the lady was struck by the minivan. There was a garbage truck parked several feet on the middle lane. I pulled over and rushed to assist. She didn’t have a pulse so we initiated CPR. Police rolled up first and I took their AED but unfortunately no shockable rhythm. The FDNY and EMS showed up and I assisted them to get the woman onto the ambulance. She was still in traumatic arrest. Her friend was crying and visibly upset / shaken. I believe PD escorted her to the hospital.”