REPORT: Dad of tourist killed by ‘drunk’ driver tearfully recalls final conversation

BY KAT SHEPHERD / AUGUST 12, 2018 /

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The grief-stricken dad of the Australian bicyclist killed by an accused boozed-up driver near Central Park has revealed the heartbreaking last conversation he had with his daughter.

“Our girl was on the trip of a lifetime, and she’d only spoken to me I think the previous day … and said, ‘Dad, can you believe your little girl is in New York City?’ ” teary-eyed dad Andrew Lyden told Tasmania’s Southern Cross News. “For her to be taken from us in such a horrific way is gut-wrenching. Words can’t describe how heartbreaking this is.”

The article goes on to state the following:

Madison Jane Lyden, 23, was pedaling along Central Park West near West 67th Street around 4:40 p.m. Friday when an Uber strayed into the bike lane, forcing her to swerve out of the way, according to authorities.

Lyden veered into the neighboring lane, where she was run over by a private sanitation truck.

She died at Roosevelt Hospital.

The truck’s driver, Felipe Chairez, was hit with a slew of charges, including DWI, after cops found three empty beer cans inside his truck and he admitted to drinking two, prosecutors charge.

“Madison was a beautiful, beautiful daughter. She was loyal and loving,” added her father. “I used to call her our star, and she was a star.”

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