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Vigil Held For Tourist Killed While Biking Around Central Park

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A vigil was held Monday for a tourist killed while riding a bike in Central Park.

People gathered around a "ghost bike" at Central Park West and 67th Street. It was to honor 23-year-old Madison Lyden of Australia.

Vigil held for Madison Lyden of Australia. The tourist was killed while riding her bike around Central Park. (Credit: CBS2)

Last month while riding in a bike lane, an Uber vehicle allegedly pulled out in front of her.   When the cyclist swerved to avoid hitting it, she was struck and killed by a garbage truck on Aug. 10.

A family friend read a letter from Lyden's mother demanding change. "I call for an immediate redesign of Central Park West. There must be a protected bike lane around this tourist hot spot," Carolyn Bischof read.

The garbage truck driver, 44-year-old Felipe Chairez, was charged with allegedly driving under the influence. The Uber driver was not charged or ticketed.


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