Truck driver charged after fatally striking Aussie tourist

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THE truck driver who fatally struck Australian tourist Madison Lyden while she was cycling near New York’s Central Park has appeared in court charged with drink driving.

THE truck driver who fatally struck Australian tourist Madison Lyden while she was cycling near Central Park has briefly appeared in court charged with drunk driving.

Ms Lyden, 23, died on Friday afternoon in Manhattan when she swerved out of the way of an Uber and in front of the garbage truck.

Police arrested the driver, Felipe Charez, 44, after seeing empty cans of beer in the cab of his truck, and charged him with driving under the influence.

He admitted drinking two beers with lunch before leaving work at a downtown construction site to head to the Bronx.

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