Woman Killed in Yesterday’s Crash Identified as Anastasia Kondrasheva, 23

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Anastasia Kondrasheva. Photo: Facebook

The young woman who was fatally struck by a right-turning flatbed truck driver yesterday while biking in Roscoe Village has been identified as Anastasia Kondrasheva, a 23-year-old health coach at an Edgewater health facility.

At around 7:50 a.m. Kondrasheva was biking north on Damen Avenue to her job at Harken Health, 5244 North Broadway, according to authorities and coworkers. When Kondrasheva reached Addison Street, a 38-year-old man driving a flatbed truck made a right turn in her path, striking her.

The cyclist went under the wheels of the vehicle and was killed instantly. An autopsy was scheduled for today, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The driver, whose vehicle bore a sign for Westmont Interior Supply House, a west-suburban construction supply company, was cited for failure to exercise due care for a bicyclist in the roadway, according to Police News Affairs.

Kondrasheva’s boyfriend Adrian Juarez told DNAinfo he became worried after a Harken Health employee called him and said Kondrasheva never arrived at work. Then he saw news reports about the crash.

“I saw the picture and it was her bike,” Juarez told DNA. “This was the route she always took.” He added that he was with Kodrasheva’s family. “We can’t believe it…it’s just shocking.”

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Flowers at the crash site this afternoon. Photo: John Greenfield

Kondrasheva, who graduated from Loyola University last year, began working at Harken last May, according to her LinkedIn profile. She lived on the 3600 block of West Shakespeare Avenue in Logan Square.

Juarez told DNA that Kondrasheva, a former Naperville resident, loved the outdoors and was a vegan who supported the cause of animal rights. She even made an online video to apply for a job with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

In addition, Juarez said his girlfriend was taking trapeze classes in hopes of becoming an acrobat. “Her dream as a girl was to perform in front of people and make them happy so she was learning how to do that and join the circus one day.” He added that Kondrasheva also planned to pursue a medical degree.

Following Kondrasheva’s death, Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Claffey told the Tribune that this latest bike fatality, the sixth in the city this year, shows why the city’s new Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic deaths is badly needed. “This is another tragedy that underscores the urgency of our mission,” he said.

A candlelight vigil and ghost bike installation is planned at the crash site this Friday from 6:30 to 7 p.m. More than 110 people have RSVPed on Facebook they plan to attend. We’ll have more info on the event soon.

Update 9/27/16 4:30 p.m. 

Harken Health, Kondrasheva’s employer has issued this statement: “We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Anastasia. She was an exceptionally valued care team member, and our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends from all of us at Harken Health.”

A GoFundMe page with a fundraising goal of $10,000 has been been launched by friends of the Kondrasheva family “to help her family deal with this unimaginable tragedy and support them financially in their loss.”

“[Kondrasheva] lived very passionately and courageously,” the fundraising page states. “She was the light of any company. She was loved by everybody and she loved everyone in return.”

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  • Bikes that weigh multiple tons and trucks just don’t belong together. Bike lanes that are just painted on suggestions put them together in the same space aren’t real bike lanes. But it will keep happening as long as our vision for streets prioritizes parking over protected space for cyclists.

  • Anne A

    My sympathy to Anastasia’s family and friends.

  • “…failure to exercise due care for a pedestrian in the roadway”
    Another example of how very few road laws are designed with bicyclists in mind.

  • Courtney

    I went on a mid-day bike ride near this site to honor her memory and to hopefully make my presence known as a cyclist. I live in Edgewater and would love to see N Broadway accommodate bikes up until it meets Devon Ave.

    In regards to my trip to honor Anastasia (I’ve always loved that name): Better street design is needed. I didn’t get the point of such narrow “bike lanes” on Damen. [I rode from Damen & Wilson to Damen & School]

  • rohmen

    I’m not against PBLs, and they potentially would have made a difference in the incident that occurred on Milwaukee, but the majority of right hook accidents happen in intersections. None of the PBLs I’ve seen in Chicago have been designed to protect cyclists in intersections, and to be honest some have been designed in a way that I think makes a right hook even more likely to happen.

  • Sanperson

    Isn’t it possible to use Dutch-style intersections the separate bike traffic from motor vehicles at the intersections? In my opinion, the city should use this design on every PBL.

  • A weaver

    I feel so very sorry for Anastasia, what a beautiful face and name, and her family. All of us in our household are thinking about all of you.

  • Bernard Finucane
  • Carter O’Brien

    Yes. Everyone loves bike lanes as they are tangible and easily measured, but they directly address very few actual problems, most of which are in (or adjacent to) intersections. Bike lanes are more valuable for education and continuing to cement the larger behavioral shift.

  • rohmen

    I think they tried a dutch-style intersection (at least as I understand that term) on Franklin. It’ll be interesting to see if that was a one-off, or if the city starts embracing that idea more. The PBLs normally built here, however, seriously fail to address intersection conflicts IMHO.

  • johnaustingreenfield

    They built similar treatments at Washington/Dearbon and Randolph/Canal. Here’s a post about the latter: http://chi.streetsblog.org/2016/07/26/eyes-on-the-street-the-randolph-protected-bike-lane-starts-to-take-shape/

  • Yep. The city creates unofficial right-turn lanes at many intersections.
    However, at this particular point, the NB part of Damen that’s south of Addison is also a bus stop.

  • Bernard Finucane

    Bus stops tend to be located too close to intersections for safety in America.

  • Doc Wu

    You’re right about bike lanes being painted-on suggestions. The problem is that they ‘suggest’ that cyclists ride in a very dangerous place at intersections. Bike lanes kill.
    Unfortunately, the response to this tragedy will likely be more painted-on suggestions, not really doing anything about it.