HENRICO COUNTY, Va (WRIC) — Police in Henrico County have identified the bicyclist who died in a crash over the weekend.
The crash occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, in the area of Nuckols Road and Wyndham Park Drive.
According to police, a GMC Acadia was traveling westbound on Nuckols Rd. when it struck a bicyclist who was heading southbound on Wyndham Park Dr., crossing over Nuckols Rd.
The bicyclist, who has been identified as 41-year-old Radha Natwarlal Joshi, died at the scene. Police tell 8News she was wearing a helmet.
Chris Lockett, a sales mechanic at Conte’s Bike Shop, spoke with 8News following news of the second crash involving a bicycle within the last week.
“It’s very scary because it is very preventable, you just have to pay attention,” said Lockett.
Lockett says with warmer weather coming, people will be riding their bicycles outside more often and drivers should be aware.
“You should give them at least three feet of space,” he said. Lockett told 8News he has been hit in the shoulder with a car’s mirror while riding his bicycle.
“It’s kind of unnerving. It’s a little bit scary,” he explained.
Lockett shared a few tips for drivers and bicyclists to remember while sharing the road.
“Slow down, don’t tailgate and just move away. They weigh a lot less than a car does,” he explained. Lockett said people riding their bikes should take measures to be noticeable to drivers.
“Be visible, make sure they can see you,” Lockett told 8News. “Strobe lights in the back, strobe lights in the front, at night time have a couple of or more lights than normal.”
It is unclear if any of these factors played a role in the deadly crash. Neither speed nor alcohol factored into the crash, according to police
The driver of the GMC was not injured and the crash remains under investigation.
Bike safety tips from Sports Backers
– As the temperatures warm up between April to October, bicycling, walking, and running activity will increase. Though drivers should always be on the lookout for people walking and biking, they should especially be vigilant during warmer months.
– By state law, drivers must pass a person biking with at least 3 feet between the cyclist and the driver.
– Avoid being a distracted driver – do not text or use other phone apps while driving.
– Follow posted speed limits. The likelihood of a pedestrian or bicyclist fatality as a result of a crash increases with the vehicle speed.
– When exiting a parked car, use the “Dutch Reach” to avoid hitting someone biking – open the door using your hand furthest from the door. This causes the body to rotate towards the door, allowing the driver to look over their shoulder to see if a person biking is approaching.
– Our RVA Bikeways Guide is available online to help both people biking and driving understand various bicycling infrastructure and how to navigate appropriately with them
– Share the Road guides are also available online.