The "drunk" driver of a garbage truck that hit and killed an Aussie cyclist in Central Park, New York has been charged.
Felipe D. Chairez, 44, is facing multiple offences over his part in Australian tourist Madison Jane Lyden’s death.
The charges include driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired alcohol and operating a commercial vehicle with .04 to .06 percent or less of alcohol.
Geelong woman Ms Lyden, 23, died after the hire bike she was riding in Central Park West was hit by Mr Chairez’s garbage truck after 4.45pm (local time) yesterday.
Ms Lyden was not wearing a helmet at the time and suffered severe bodily trauma.
She was rushed to Mount Sinai West Hospital, but couldn’t be saved.
Local authorities said Ms Lyden was riding with another woman along the Central Park West bike lane an Uber car pulled into the bike lane she was riding in.
Ms Lyden was forced to swerve into a car lane to avoid the Uber car when she was subsequently hit and run over by the garbage truck.
Ms Lyden’s companion rushed to her aid, attempting to comfort her, The New York Daily News reports.
“She was shouting, ‘Baby, baby, baby, wake up’,” one witness said.
Mr Chairez, who told investigators he was on his way to a dump in the Bronx at the time of the accident, spoke to police at the scene afterwards.
Officers said Mr Chairez appeared intoxicated at the time and upon further investigation they found the alcohol cans in the vehicle.
Mr Chairez has since been released on bail and the Uber car driver has not been charged.
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio told 9News Ms Lyden’s death nevertheless was “another example of the danger of reckless driving”.
City of Greater Geelong chief executive Martin Cutter said Ms Lyden would be “greatly missed”.
The Hobart-born woman was a learn-to-swim teacher, lifeguard and receptionist who worked at a number of facilities around Geelong.
The Australian consular is assisting Ms Lyden’s family while NYPD investigators determine the specifics of what happened.
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