HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Family members are remembering Radha Natwarlal Joshi, of Henrico, as a "beautiful soul." Joshi, 41, was killed while riding her bike Saturday evening in the Wyndham community of far western Henrico County.
"Radha Joshi was a loving and caring person who went above and beyond to help people in her community," family members said in a statement. "She made the world a better place with her joyous and uplifting personality. She was a beautiful soul inside and out, who cared about everyone and we were very fortunate to have her in our lives. Radha will be missed by family and friends."
The driver of a GMC Acadia hit Joshi near the intersection of Nuckols Road and Wyndham Park Drive at about 6:23 p.m., according to police.
"Neither speed nor intoxication are factors in this incident," a Henrico Police spokesperson said. "This crash remains under investigation."
Joshi was traveling south on Wyndham Park Drive, crossing over Nuckols Road, when the westbound GMC Acadia struck her, according to police.
"Our deepest condolences go out to the rider and her family," Brantley Tyndall with Bike Walk RVA wrote in a statement. "People walking and biking are being killed in record numbers in the Richmond region and around the country, and all traffic fatalities are preventable. We need slower, safer streets designed for anyone, regardless of age or ability, to get around by any means, especially as more people are choosing active transportation."
Joshi, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene.
Memorial honors cyclist killed
A makeshift memorial of vibrant flowers stood along a stone wall Sunday near where the crash happened.
Sam Alouf, who lives nearby, said he saw a large police presence and the road closed down Saturday.
"I just want to share my deepest condolences with the family and I know that it’s a really tough time, but they’ll get through it all and everything will be alright," Alouf said.
The fatal crash so close his home has made Alouf consider life's fleetingness.
"It opened my eyes up to like anything can happen at anytime and death is inevitable," Alouf said.
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