Bike riding tourist struck, killed by garbage truckAn Australian tourist riding a bicycle on Central Park was killed Friday afternoon when she swerved to avoid a livery cab and was struck by a passing garbage truck whose driver was later arrested on drunk driving charges, police said.
Madison Jane Lyden, 23, was riding north near 67th Street about 4:30 p.m. when a livery driver parked in the bicycle lane pulled out in front of her. When she swerved to stay clear of the black Toyota, she was hit by the garbage truck and thrown under its wheels, police said. She was taken to Roosevelt Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Both drivers stayed at the scene. Police arrested Felipe D. Chairez, 44, of Centereach, Suffolk County, on charges of driving under the influence and a related charge, and for operating a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Stolen ScooterOne area resident may need to say Vespers for her Vespa. At 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, a 32-year-old woman left her scooter outside 311 West 71st St. When she returned the following morning at 10:30 her 2009 Vespa LX50 was gone. The scooter and two riders were seen heading outbound on the Washington Bridge at 3:03 a.m. by a license plate reader and inbound over the bridge at 10:30 a.m. the next day. The Vespa is valued at $3,100.
Bike MissingAt 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 2, a 61-year-old woman chained her black Biria Mini-20 commuter bike to scaffolding on the southeast corner of Columbus Avenue and West 66th Street while she went to a hair salon, only to find it gone when she returned. The two-wheeler is valued at $1,200.
Truck Driver RobbedAt 5:40 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, a 37-year-old man left his wallet and bag with other property inside his truck cab while he was unloading the vehicle in front of 1976 Broadway. When the Wharton, N.J., man returned to the cab at 6:30 a.m. he saw that the driver’s-side door was open and his property was missing. An unauthorized charge of $39.70 was later made on his stolen bank card. He also lost a pair of glasses, $80, a wallet and other personal effects.
Pickup GamesWhile a young man played a pickup game of basketball a thief played a pickup game with the man’s wallet. At 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, a 21-year-old man put his wallet down in the gym of the Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center at 232 West 60th St. while he was playing basketball. His wallet was gone when he went to retrieve it. He reviewed the facility’s surveillance video and saw a young man take his wallet. The thief was seen exiting the building after changing his clothing. The items stolen included $10 in cash, a military card, a prepaid card, the recreation center ID card, a Social Security card, a Blue Cross Blue Shield card and a credit card. Police are seeking a 17-year-old Bronx resident for questioning.