The grief-stricken twin sister of a woman tragically killed in a bike riding accident earlier this year has called out a twisted Facebook troll who created a fake profile mimicking her late twin, Channel Nine reports.
As reported by Nine News, the sickening fake account which appeared in the mourning family’s friend request notifications featured Madison Lyden’s profile picture, the young woman who died in August after swerving out of the way of an Uber stopped in a bike lane in New York City.
She was cycling with a friend while on the “trip of a lifetime” near Central Park when she was fatally struck by a garbage truck driver in oncoming traffic.
But not only are her loved ones mourning the loss of 23-year-old Madison, two weeks ago, they had to deal with a nasty Facebook prank which saw a false account created in her name.
On receiving a friend request from the fake Madison Lyden, her twin sister Paige was at first confused. But these feelings quickly faded, then transitioned to feeling “sick to her stomach” at the thought of someone committing such a cruel prank.
Speaking to nine.com.au, the shaken 23-year-old said: “I came home from work to receive a friend request from Madison Lyden and they had the same profile picture as Madison."
At first Paige assumed her mother had perhaps mistakenly deleted her as a friend from Madison's real account, so had simply re-added her.
But soon enough, other friends and relatives began to contact Paige to let her know they'd received the same notification.
“I went to click on the profile and it was gone. And I was thinking, what is happening?” Paige said.
As it transpired, someone was pretending to be Madison.
“It honestly made me feel just sick to my stomach to think that someone out there went to the effort to set up an account in her name.
“And then they went to the trouble of searching her family and friends and adding them, why would you even do that? It’s so messed up. What did they hope to achieve?”
Facebook deleted the page after it was reported, but in a devastating turn of events, her real, memorialised account was also deleted by accident - meaning her photos and profile - which once created a sense of comfort for friends and family - had seemingly disappeared forever.