A garbage truck driver drank two beers and ate a chicken salad sandwich — which his lawyer claims may have absorbed the alcohol — on Friday before he struck and killed an Australian tourist in NEW YORK, police said.
Felipe Chairez, 44, faced several charges including driving while intoxicated after Madison Jane Lyden was struck by way of a garbage truck and killed. The 23-year-old tourist was riding accommodations bike before 5 p just.m. Friday near Central Park when she swerved in order to avoid an Uber that went in to the bike lane, police said.
As she was preventing the motor car, Chairez slammed the sanitation truck he was driving into Lyden, police said.
She was taken up to a healthcare facility with severe body trauma and later pronounced dead.
Chairez remained at the scene and admitted to police he drank two beers before he got when driving, the New York Post reported, citing court papers. Authorities found three empty beer cans in the truck also.
During his arraignment, Chairez’s lawyer provided a bizarre explanation on why his client might possibly not have been dui.
“In case a chicken was had by him salad sandwich, the alcohol may have been absorbed by the lunch he previously,” lawyer Kenneth Ware said in court.
Police said Chairez’s blood-alcohol level once the fatal crash happened was between .04 and .06.
Lyden was raised in southern Tasmania and may be the daughter of a couple of recognized to support local charities, news.com.au gong15deng reported. She worked as a swim instructor, receptionist and lifeguard. She was in NEW YORK on holiday with friends. gong7deng
gong6deng Her grieving father told ://www.youtube.com/watch?=PLuf_9ERrUHeCwQPev2Tt_jaWTp9yUCxml&v=yoB-cM3Wrt0″ target=”_blank”>Southern Cross News that she spoke to his daughter your day before her death.
“Day she had only spoken if you ask me the previous, the day before or, and said ‘Dad, is it possible to believe your litttle lady is in NEW YORK?’” the paternalfather told the news headlines station. “And on her behalf to be studied from us in that horrific way is gut wrenching. Words can’t describe how heartbreaking that is.”
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