A Centereach man is accused of driving a private garbage truck while drunk Friday afternoon and fatally striking an Australian bicyclist, according to the NYPD.
Felipe Chairez, 44, is charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by alcohol and operating a commercial vehicle with .04 percent to .06 percent or less of alcohol, the NYPD stated in a news release. Police said he was driving a private garbage truck for Mellifont Construction Corp. The company could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Madison Jane Lyden, 23, a tourist from Australia, was riding a bicycle north on Central Park West in the bike lane when a black Toyota livery vehicle pulled out into the bike lane from a stopped position, police said. Lyden swerved and was hit by Chairez's vehicle, around 4:42 p.m.
Chairez was driving north on Central Park West, the release stated. Both drivers remained at the scene.
Lyden was taken to a Manhattan hospital where she was pronounced dead, the NYPD stated.
The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is continuing the investigation.