Fallen cyclist remembered as a bright spirit who touched many lives

Olha Marchuk

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - Friends and co-workers of a Ukranian woman who died in Myrtle Beach remembered her Monday night at a candlelight vigil. Last week Olha Marchuk died from her injuries after she hit a bus while on a bicycle.

A crowd of about 50 people gathered on the lawn beside Wonderworks, which is where Marchuk worked. Several people in the group shared their memories of her, prayed, and leaned on each other for support.

"Radiant, bright, always in a good mood, never a complaint from her. Just go-with-the-flow, easygoing, just a joy," said Alex Craig.

"She was a very selfless person, and she never wanted to be an inconvenience to anyone. Whether it's in asking for a ride to take her to a friend's house or anything," said Shakhnoza Craig.

The couple first met Marchuk a few years ago when she was in the Raleigh area as an exchange student. Olha lived with Alex and his family. Last month, the couple visited her in Myrtle Beach, and they are still in shock about her death.

"It's hard to believe. So soon. Just a true tragedy," said Alex. "Never thought in a million years that we would be here on an occasion, for an occasion like this."

"At the same time it's very amazing how events bring people together, and it's just amazing to see that all these people came out today. People who might have knew her for a day or two or for two months she's been here. She touched everybody's heart," added Shakhnoza.

The Craigs say Marchuk's plan was to work this summer and save money so she could go back to school to become a lawyer.

The driver of the bus Marchuk hit does not face any charges in her death because the bus had the right-of-way.

To watch the Craigs' entire interview click here or watch the above video.