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UPDATE: Friend mourns cyclist's tragic death

The driver of this Pontiac Aztec, which displays an N sign for new drivers, remained at the scene after a cyclist was fatally struck shortly before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30. - courtesy CTV News
The driver of this Pontiac Aztec, which displays an N sign for new drivers, remained at the scene after a cyclist was fatally struck shortly before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30.
— image credit: courtesy CTV News

Speed is now being investigated as a possible factor after a 36-year-old woman died of her injuries Wednesday afternoon when she was struck by an SUV while cycling on Gilbert Road on Sea Island.

According to CTV News, witnesses told Richmond RCMP that the victim was stopped where the westbound Gilbert Road merges northbound onto Russ Baker Way, near the Dinsmore Bridge, at the time she was hit.

She was rushed to hospital, but later died of her injuries.

On Thursday afternoon, Richmond RCMP said the victim's family requested that her name not be released.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, and police announced Thursday afternoon that speed is being looked at as a potential contributing factor in the crash.

Tragically, the woman lived just a few blocks from where she was struck.

An image captured by CTV News shows the open driver-side door of the Pontiac with what appears to be paint splashed all over it.

According to a friend, the victim was supposed to go for a job interview Thursday morning.

"She was really well known around Richmond," the friend said. "Lots of friends...very lovable. Always there for everyone. Never wanted to burden anyone with her problems."

Her Facebook profile, which was just updated Wednesday, indicates she attended Matthew McNair secondary school.

The victim lost her mother a few years ago and is survived by a younger sister, the friend said.

"I still cannot believe this happened to u," the friend wrote on Facebook. "I love u and I miss u."

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