A YOUNG Australian woman holidaying in New York City has tragically died after being hit by a garbage truck.
The 23-year-old was riding her bike beside Central Park West when she was struck just after 4.45pm Friday, local time.
According to the NYPD, the woman was hit after swerving to avoid a cab that had pulled into the bicycle lane she was riding in.
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“An investigation revealed that the female was riding a bicycle north bound on Central Park West, in the bicycle lane, when a black Toyota livery vehicle pulled out into the bike lane from a stopped position,” the NYPD spokesman said in a statement.
“The cyclist we believe swerved out and she was struck by a private garbage truck, which was also travelling northbound on Central Park West.”
The woman suffered severe trauma injuries and was rushed to Mount Sinai West Hospital where sadly, she later died.
The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.