Pedestrian who died in Richmond accident identified as Esthersita Anthonyraj Achari

Esthersita Anthonyraj Achari

THE 27-year-old female pedestrian who succumbed to her injuries on Thursday after being struck by a Canada Post semi-truck shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday (December 27) in the area of Garden City Road and Sea Island Way in Richmond has been identified as Esthersita Anthonyraj Achari.

Esthersita had come from India and was working in a long-term care home while pursuing her studies to become a licensed nurse, according to a CTV report on Friday. Her parents live in Mumbai and they had reportedly sold off all they had to pay for their daughter to come to Canada. A Gofundme account has been set up for her.

[UPDATE on Thursday, January 4:

More than $20,400 had been donated by Thursday morning (January 4), showing the amazing generosity of people.]

Police said neither speed nor alcohol is believed to be a factor in this fatal collision.

The Richmond RCMP Road Safety Unit (RSU) has taken the lead in this fatal investigation and will be assisted by the Integrated

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Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) and the BC Coroner’s Service.

The Richmond RCMP asks if anyone has any information on this incident, to contact Constable Kobayashi at 604-278-1212 or by email at




EstherSita Anthonyraj Achari is the beloved daughter, sister, and friend who passed away on December 27th 2017.  She was involved in a tragic accident in Richmond, BC involving a Canada Post Semi Truck.

Esther came to Canada in hopes of fulfilling her family’s dreams.  She was a nurse back home at Hiranandani Hospital in Mumbai, India.  She had been going to school for over a year to get her nursing license in Canada.  She just recently got her care aid license and was working at Minoru Residency part of the Richmond Long-term care facility.  She was in her final stages of exams to obtain her Canadian RN license.  Her parents had sold their family home to send Esther to Canada.  After finally being employed fulltime Esther insisted on her parents buying an apartment and started taking care of their needs.   This loss has affected her parents beyond what words can describe.

Her college friends adored and cared for her as if Esther was their own sister.  She was most cautious one out of the bunch.  They are shocked that this would happen to her.  “She is the type to take a long way around, just to follow the rules.”

The college, the tamil association, and family members are raising money to lift the burden of the funeral expense on the parents in India.  We are trying hard to send her remains by flight to India in a timely manner so that her parents can rest her in peace.

Thank you for your support.

Photo by Sukhwant Singh Dhillon