Trolls are the bane of the internet, but posing as a dead person has to be a new low.
A nasty Facebook troll pretended to be a woman killed in a traffic accident, and sent friend requests to her devastated twin sister, friends, and family.
Madison Lyden died after being hit by a garbage truck while riding her bike in New York City. The driver was said to be drunk at the wheel when he struck the 23-year-old.
Paige, the victim’s twin sister, confirmed that someone had made a Facebook account in her sibling’s name, before attempting to add her grieving friends and relatives.
Paige said the discovery made her “sick to her stomach,” as well as added to her family’s suffering.
Paige, who lives in Geelong, Australia, arrived home from work to a friend request from “Madison Lyden,” who had the same profile picture as her sister.
And she wasn’t the only one, with Madison’s pals and other family members also receiving requests from the bogus account.
She told 9 News: “It’s so horrible that someone made a fake account in her name. We have no idea who did this.
“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?”
They reported the account to Facebook, and it was quickly deleted, but not until Facebook had accidentally deleted Madison’s real account first. Even then, it took a reporter contacting the social network for them to listen.
Taking to Facebook to vent her frustration, she said: “After someone made a fake account in Maddy’s name, Facebook mistakenly deleted her account. It is disappointing that I needed the help of a reporter to get it back.”
Madison was on vacation with a pal when the fatal accident occured in August. She had swerved to avoid an Uber driver in a cycle lane near Central Park when she collided with the truck.
The truck driver, Felipe Chairez, was charged with driving while intoxicated after police found empty beer cans in the vehicle. However, the Uber driver has not been charged.