Tasmanian killed in New York after being struck while cycling

Photo: Katy Renn
Photo: Katy Renn

A Tasmanian woman has been killed by a garbage truck while she was on holiday in New York City.

Madison Jane Lyden, 23, was riding a bike in the cycling lane of Central Park West when she swerved into the path of a truck while trying to avoid a car that pulled into her lane.

NYPD spokesman George Tsourovakas said Ms Lyden was riding northbound when the black Toyota pulled into the bicycle lane from its stationary position shortly before 5pm on Friday, New York time.

Ms Lyden suffered severe trauma injuries and was taken to the Roosevelt Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The cyclist and the truck collided next to a bus stop near a sign for the Tavern on the Green.

The truck driver was taken into custody, with police to test if the driver was under the influence of any substance, another NYPD spokesperson confirmed. 

No charges had been laid. 

Ms Lyden’s family have been notified of the tragedy. 

It is understood Ms Lyden was from Lauderdale in the state’s South and was a former student of MacKillop College.

She also worked as a swim instructor at the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre.

Ms Lyden commenced work with the City of Greater Geelong in March 2017 as a learn-to-swim teacher, lifeguard and receptionist. 

A DFAT spokesperson said officials were providing consular assistance to her family.

"For privacy reasons we will not provide further comment," the spokesperson said.

- with the Sydney Morning Herald