Family hopes to close painful chapter after driver charged in Henrico woman’s death extradited back to U.S.

Henrico County

"Every holiday is a new holiday without someone really special in our family"

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The driver charged with killing a woman who was doing yard work on Parham Road in 2018 has been extradited back to Henrico County and formally charged.

Osmaira E. Mendez-Urdaneta was located in Spain by Interpol back in October. She was taken into custody Thursday night at Dulles International Airport shortly before 9 p.m. and served outstanding warrants for involuntary manslaughter and capias for failure to appear.

Officers had been searching for Mendez-Urdaneta, who is from El Salvador, after 59-year-old Beverly Page Bourgeois was hit by a car on North Parham Road, near JR Tucker High School on Aug. 16, 2018 while she was doing yard work. Bourgeois was rushed to a local hospital and died about two weeks later from her injuries.

59-year-old Beverly Page Bourgeois

Urdaneta was ticketed for reckless driving charges and not having a driver’s license. She was later charged with involuntary manslaughter. Police suspected Urdaneta left the country to avoid prosecution.

“I met her at the scene of the crime and then obviously never saw her again,” Bourgeois’ stepson, Arden Bourgeois, told 8News on Friday. “If she had gone to court and explained what may or may not have occurred, it would have probably been easier for all of us because, again, it would allow a conclusion for that chapter earlier instead of wait and wait and wait … “

“It still hurts. I think it still hurts for all of us.”

Arden Bourgeois

Bourgeois said the pain of that August day more than a year ago is still very real for his family.

“Every holiday is a new holiday without someone really special in our family. My father really hasn’t recovered from it,” he said.

A. Bourgeois added that’s an especially painful reality that his mother never got to meet her grandson, August Blaze.

“She was in the hospital fighting for her life and he was in the hospital, just had been born.”

And while time hasn’t healed his family’s wounds, he said they are finding the silver lining.

“I was very angry at first, but this whole process, this whole ordeal, has really I  think taught me about forgiveness,” he added.

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