State police said the crash has been ruled weather-related.
Virginia State Police have released the name of a Henrico woman who died after she was struck by a VDOT snowplow while riding her bicycle Wednesday morning. The accident happened around 5:40 a.m. near Virginia Center Commons in Glen Allen, according to Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick.
Davis said that when Henderson worked the early morning shift at the Target near Virginia Center Commons, she always rode her bike because that was “the only way she could get to work.”
Investigators said a VDOT plow driver was clearing snow from the northbound lane of Route 1 and Henderson was travelling in the same direction when the two collided. The truck driver, 37-year-old Bradley W. Stenroos, of Chester, was not injured and was wearing a seatbelt.
The crash has been ruled weather-related but remains under investigation.
Vick said the results of the police investigation will be forwarded to the Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for their consideration.
Lindsey LeGrand, a VDOT spokeswoman, said the agency is working with state police to determine what factors contributed to the cause of the crash. "And we're also conducting our own, internal safety review," she said.
So the driver hit her from behind. Sure, I suppose it's weather related, but a snowplow operator - of all people - should know how to drive in the snow without running a cyclist down from behind. Was it even snowing in the Richmond area this morning?
She was wearing dark clothing, but that's not illegal. She was riding without a helmet, which is also not illegal. She had a rear reflector, which is the minimum required, (update: on roads where the speed limit is higher than 35mph, VA law mandates a tail light. The speed limit here appears to be 45mph) though a light is certainly better. She did not seem to have a headlight, which is required, but that wasn't really the issue here. If meeting the legal standard isn't deemed adequate to remove fault, then we should raise the standard. I'm concerned this is being brushed away as "just an unavoidable accident" which is unfortunate since the cyclist didn't break the law (unless you count the lack of a headlight) but the driver did, by not driving at an appropriate speed and by hitting another vehicle from behind.
If we give people only terrible options, like biking in the snow on an unlit street before sunrise, bad things are going to happen. But at least the driver was wearing a seat belt, he could've been hurt.