NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 23-year-old tourist from Australia was killed while riding a bicycle along Central Park West.
Police said Madison Jane Lyden was in the bike lane with a friend when she was fatally struck around 4:45 p.m. Friday.
“It’s just disgusting what happened here,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “A 23-year-old, in the bike lane, and of course there has to be a full investigation.”
“This is tragic, really, really tragic,” said Cheryl Houser, who lives on the Upper West Side and rides her bike almost every day.
Police said a black livery vehicle parked on the side of the street pulled into the bike lane in front of Lyden, causing her to swerve. She was then hit by a private garbage truck.
Both drivers stayed on the scene, and the garbage truck driver was taken into custody, police said. Charges were pending late Friday night.
“This is another example, from my point of view, of the danger of reckless driving. We’re going to make sure there’s a full investigation and we’re going to make sure that there are real consequences if anything happened here that was illegal,” the mayor said.
“We take our lives in our hands every single day, certainly on a bike,” said Houser. “I think there’s lots of blame to go around.”
Lyden was taken to Roosevelt Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
“The message to all drivers is: You’ve got to be responsible, you’ve got to be careful,” de Blasio added.