Teen cyclist dies after being struck by tractor trailer in Ashland

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ASHLAND, Va. (WRIC) — A truck driver is facing charges after a cyclist was struck on killed on Sunday night in Ashland.

According to police, 18-year-old Kristina Goodrow, of Ashland, was riding her bike down the 12000 block of Washington Highway when a tractor trailer traveling the same direction collided into her. Goodrow died on scene.

The driver of the truck was identified as 61-year-old John Hardin of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Hardin has been charged with reckless driving. Authorities say alcohol and speed do not appear to have played a role in the crash.

Employees at a Hanover Subway shop say Goodrow started working there about a month ago. Workers say Goodrow would ride her bike to work — 45 minutes one way.

“I’ve actually driven her home once because we didn’t like her riding her bike and stuff especially in this heat and stuff I drove her home once,” said Brittany Hale, who worked with Goodrow.

Subway manager Been Shelton said that Goodrow was a very dedicated employee…and occasionally she would tell Goodrow to leave her bike at work so she could give her lift home…

“She was very innocent very sweet when she got her first paycheck she didn’t know what to do with it,” Shelton said. “I took her to the bank to get her bank account set up.”

Workers say the news of the loss is difficult…

“It’s very hard because we have a family here it’s not co workers we have a family here so it was devastating to find out.”

Police continue to investigate the details of this case and request that anyone with additional information regarding this incident contact the Ashland Police Department at (804) 798-1227 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.Stay with 8News for any more on this developing story. 

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