Friends of Heather Abdel-Rahman say the love she had for her three children and the passion she had for living were a big part of who she was.
“She was a free spirit all around, very sweet and passionate about life,” said Krystal Clater, who became friends with her when their sons played T-ball together. The boys now are high school freshmen. “(She) loved her kids more than life itself.”
Abdel-Rahman, 39, of Elizabethtown and Richard Mumford, 39, of Louisville died Tuesday afternoon when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a pickup truck on North Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown police said. Abdel-Rahman died at Hardin Memorial Hospital after she was transported by Hardin County EMS by ambulance, Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Chris Denham said.
Mumford, the driver of the motorcycle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither person was wearing a helmet.
“She would do anything for anyone and her children were her world,” said Bana Goodman, who attended Central Hardin High School with Abdel-Rahman. “She had so much love and joy in her.”
Abdel-Rahman was the mother to three children, Adam, 18, Zayd, 14, and Layla, 11.
She worked as a shift leader at Subway restaurant near Bacon Creek Road and previously worked at the Subway location near the Elizabethtown Walmart for several years, said Jenny Sutherland, manager at the Bacon Creek Road store.
On Tuesday, Sutherland said Abdel-Rahman left work about 2 for a doctor’s appointment with plans to return to work about 3 or 3:15 p.m. The crash on North Dixie happened around 3 p.m., Elizabethtown police said.
“It was a total shock,” Sutherland said. “She had just left here a little after 2. She took off out of here on the bike.
“She was a nice lady,” Sutherland added. “I liked her and she was a good worker.”
Clater said Abdel-Rahman “never knew a stranger .... she was very genuine. She was the type of person to never judge a book by the cover cause she was truly one of a kind.”
Denham said the investigation into the collision is ongoing.
“A fatality collision is very dynamic and it takes several weeks to conclude,” he said.
Arthur Dennis, 57, of Vine Grove, was the driver of a pickup truck involved in the crash near Harbor Freight and Aldi in the 1500 block of North Dixie. Dennis was uninjured.
Her funeral is at 11 a.m. Monday at White Mills Christian Church where she was a member. Burial is in the church cemetery.