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Woman killed by truck ID'd

The female who was struck and killed by a Canada Post truck in Richmond on Wednesday has been identified.

Esthersita Anthonyraj Achari, also known as Esther, was studying in B.C. to become a registered nurse.

Friends and family of the 27-year-old are now fundraising to have her body brought back to India, her country of origin, which is expected to cost between $8,000 and $10,000.

Anthonyraj Achari had been a nurse in India, but was working to get her equivalency to become an RN in B.C. She had only a few more exams to take in the new year before she was killed.

Her funeral service was held on Friday. Cousin Shathesh Kuhendrarajah told CTV of the sacrifices her parents, who live in Mumbai, made for her to attend school overseas.

"She struggled to come to Canada... Her parents sold off everything they had to send her here," Kuhendrarajah said.

Anthonyraj Achari was struck at about 2 p.m. on Dec. 27 by a mail truck, at Garden City Road and Sea Island Way. She was taken to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

Neither speed nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash. The driver of the mail truck cooperated with police at the scene after the collision. 

The investigation is still ongoing.

- with files from CTV Vancouver



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