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Lexington woman dies in crash on I-64, trying to avoid bicycle in road

A Lexington woman died Friday in a one-car accident on Interstate 64 in Shelby County, Kentucky State Police said.

Kawthar Suleiman, 23, was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m. Friday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to a news release from the Fayette County coroner's office.

Suleiman was driving a 2005 Mazda when she swerved to miss a bicycle lying in the road, then lost control of her car, which struck a guardrail, police said.

The accident happened shortly after 3:40 p.m. Friday at the 38-mile marker on westbound I-64 near Shelbyville.

State police said the bike probably fell off a vehicle. Investigators are asking for the public's assistance in locating the owner of the bike.

Anyone with information may call Kentucky State Police at (502) 227-2221.

Suleiman was a 2010 graduate of the University of Kentucky, and she had just completed her first year of medical school at the University of Louisville. She was a 2006 graduate of Tates Creek High School, according to her cousin Sophia Shalash. Shalash said Suleiman had planned a trip to Palestine this summer.

"She had her heart set on volunteering with refugees," Shalash said.

She said Suleiman had a vivacious, outgoing personality.

"She was just a shining light," Shalash said. "I don't think that one person can say that they weren't touched by her that met her, even if it was just once."

Suleiman's funeral was Saturday at the Islamic Center of Lexington. Burial was at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens.

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