The mother of an Australian woman who was killed by a truck while driving a bicycle in New York has branded the city's copercus as a coward for not bringing criminal charges against the driver.
The NYPD wanted Uber's driver, José Peralta, to be charged with the death of Madison Lyden, but Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance says that "a gap in the law" means he can not do it.
Madison's mother, Amanda Berry, has joined forces with Dana Lerner, who lost her nine-year-old son, Cooper, in a 2014 Manhattan traffic accident that involved a driver who was also not accused by Vance.
Amanda Berry (pictured right with her daughter Paige) has described the Manhattan superintendent as a coward for failing to bring criminal charges against a driver for her daughter, and Paige's twin sister, Madison Lyden, died while pedaling in NY
Madison Lyn (pictured) was killed by a truck while driving a bicycle in New York in August
"Four years ago, when District Attorney Cyrus Vance refused to prosecute the driver who killed Cooper Stock, he sent a message to all reckless drivers in Manhattan that the deadly behavior will have no consequences under his watch," said Berry and Lerner. it's a statement. Declaration to the New York Post.
"That absence of responsibility has now taken another life.
"Madison Lyden was killed after a cab driver turned into the bike lane she was riding in Central Park West, forcing her into traffic, and DA Vance refused to prosecute again, although the NYPD believed the driver committed a criminal act.
"The fact that DA Vance does not prosecute reckless drivers is pure cowardice, and as long as he continues to indulge in that dangerous behavior, pedestrians and bicyclists will continue to die on the streets of Manhattan."
Madison (pictured) toured Central Park West when Uber driver, José Peralta, allegedly veered into his bike lane
Mrs. Berry (pictured left with Madison's father Andrew Lyden and Madison Paige's twin) has joined forces with Dana Lerner, who lost her nine-year-old son Cooper in a Manhattan traffic accident 2014
Madison, 23, originally from Tasmania, was on vacation in New York on August 10.
She was riding a bicycle along Central Park West, near West 67th Street, when Peralta allegedly swerved into her bicycle lane.
The NYPD said Madison died when she was forced to detour to the path of a sanitation truck driven by Felipe Chairez.
The police allegedly found three empty beer cans in Chairez's truck and accused him of driving under the influence.
The captain of the New York Police Department, Timothy Malin, told a community meeting in Manhattan last week that they wanted to indict Peralta, but Vance decided against it.
The NYPD said Madison died when she was forced to detour to the path of a sanitation truck driven by Felipe Chairez. In the photo, the scene of the accident
The New York Police Department (NYPD) wanted Uber driver José Peralta to be charged, but Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance says that "a gap in the law" means that He can not do it. In the photo, the scene of the accident
"We took him to the prosecutor's office," Malin said at the meeting.
& # 39; Everyone in the scene wants to arrest.
& # 39; The Collision Investigation Squad wants to arrest.
& # 39; The prosecutor's office did not want to prosecute. & # 39;
Vance states that state law does not allow a criminal charge of a driver who has not made contact with other vehicles or people.
"The office determined that New York law does not establish criminal liability for drivers whose illegal status contributes to death in cases where no contact is made between the illegal vehicle and the victim," Vance spokesman Danny Frost said. Post
"We strongly support legislation to address this gap in the law."