HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police released the name of a Henrico bicyclist killed in an accident involving a Virginia Department of Transportation snowplow on Wednesday morning.
Fedora M. Henderson, 31, was on her way to her job at Target, riding on Brook Road just south of Virginia Center Commons around 5:38 a.m. when she was struck.
"Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the friends and family of this individual," a statement from a spokesman for the retail chain said. "Out of privacy for Target team members, we typically do not release employment information and would defer your questions to the family. Whether directly or indirectly, we recognize that this tragedy affects many of our team members and are providing team member life resources to teams in the area to help support them."
Police said they believe Henderson was in the right travel lane when the snow plow driven by Bradley W. Stenroos collided with her. Investigators say she was not wearing a helmet or reflective clothing and did not have a light on her bike.
"They need to be very defensive in these types of conditions," says Jay Coleman, a manager at Agee's Bicycles. "Just being aware of their surroundings, you don't want to ride with a hood on which is going to obscure what you can see, just being really visible is a key thing."
Henderson was taken to VCU Medical Center where she died.
Stenroos, of Chester, is a VDOT employee and does not own the truck. He was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, troopers said.
The crash has been ruled weather-related and remains under investigation, according to State Police.