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23-year-old Australian killed by garbage truck in NYC

A bike is seen on the sidewalk in New York City Source: Rudy Buccianti/PIX11 News

A 23-year-old Australian woman has died in New York's Central Park when she veered into traffic while riding a bike after a taxi pulled out in front of her.

An Australian tourist biking in New York City has died after colliding with a garbage truck as she swerved to avoid a vehicle blocking the bike lane near Central Park.

Police said Madison Jane Lyden, 23, veered into traffic on Friday afternoon local time when a stationary taxi suddenly pulled in front of her.

She was rushed to Mount Sinai West Hospital
She was rushed to Mount Sinai West Hospital.
ABC News

Lyden was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A transportation advocacy group said it was "a crash waiting to happen" because "lazy and entitled drivers" are parking, dropping people off and idling in bike lanes.

Transportation Alternatives said Lyden's death "underscores the need for every major street in New York City to have a safe, protected space to travel by bike."

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