The mother of Madison Lyden, the Tasmanian tourist killed by a truck while riding a bike in New York, accuses Manhattan’s top prosecutor of sheer cowardice for failing to file criminal charges against an Uber driver involved.
The NYPD wanted Uber driver Jose Peralta charged, but Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said “a gap in the law” prevents him from doing so.
Madison’s mother, Amanda Berry, has joined forces with Dana Lerner, who lost her nine-year-old son Cooper in a 2014 Manhattan traffic crash involving a driver who was also not charged by Mr Vance.
“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 deadly behaviour will not have any consequences under his watch,” Ms Berry and Ms Lerner said in a joint statement to the New York Post.
“That absence of accountability has now taken another life.
“Madison Lyden was killed after a taxi driver veered into the bike lane she rode in on Central Park West, forcing her into traffic, and DA Vance has again refused to prosecute – even though the NYPD believed the driver committed a criminal act…