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This story was updated at 12:07 p.m. May 8, 2012.

A Montgomery Village medical technician died early May 3 when a car struck her as she was riding her bicycle to work, police say.

Diane M. Whitman, 48, of the 9800 block of Sailfish Terrace was riding east on Olney Laytonsville Road near Zion Road around 6:29 a.m. when a 2011 Toyota Camry, also traveling east, struck her, according to Montgomery County police.

Whitman was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was riding her bicycle to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, where she worked as a biomedical equipment specialist.

Friends and co-workers describe her as a “quirky grandmother,” who enjoyed riding her motorcycle, participating in triathlons and antiquing.

“No. 1 for me was her sense of humor,” said Ying Chen, who worked closely with Whitman as a biomedical engineering specialist at Montgomery Medical Center.

Whitman had been working at the medical center for the past two years and often rode her bicycle the nine miles between her home and the hospital, said hospital spokewoman Gina Cook.

Police said they are investigating why the gray Camry, driven by Heather Simmons, 30, of the 25500 block of Coltrane Drive in Damascus, hit Whitman. Simmons was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officer Janelle Smith, a department spokeswoman, said Tuesday the investigation will take several weeks to complete. No charges have been filed and will not be until the investigation is complete.

Police are asking witnesses to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435.

Staff Writer Alex Ruoff contributed to this report.

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