A Russian social media star known for dangerous motorcycle stunts was killed in a high-speed crash.
Olga Pronina, known as Monika9422 on Instagram, was killed during a stunt when her motorcycle hit a crash barrier, according to Metro. Pronina had more than 160,000 followers on Instagram and would often perform stunts to post on her page.
An investigation is underway to help determine exactly what caused the crash that killed Pronina, 40, but initial reports found that she was traveling at speeds exceeding 155 miles per hour. A wheel was also found roughly 2,000 feet away from the scene of the crash.
A friend of Pronina's was critical of her dangerous riding style, but remembered her as a cheerful person who helped carve a niche for women in the daredevil scene.
"It was a revelation for me that a girl can ride like this," the friend said. "She was a cool biker, like [Italian professional racer] Valentino Rossi."
"I personally would have never ride the way Olga did," she explained. "But she was good at it so something extraordinary must have happened that the bike didn’t make it into a turn."
Pronina reportedly leaves behind a 16-year-old daughter.
She often posted photos of herself in racy clothing while riding a motorcycle but also included videos of her high-speed adventures.
"I love it because it forgives me my foolishness, for saving my sorry a**, thank you for never failing me, for making my lonely nights better, for helping me to forget troubles of my life, for training my body and my brain," Pronina wrote in a social media post, according to the Mirror.
"I am grateful to it for the sparkles in my eyes, for the warm wind blowing on my cheeks when my visor is open, for unbelievable excitement and a feeling of flowing in the air, for doses of adrenaline," she wrote.
In a stunt filmed shortly before her death, Pronina laid down on her motorcycle as she sped down the highway, according to the New York Daily News. Several fans have expressed their condolences in posts on her social media profile.
Others were sharply critical of Pronina for her often brazen style of riding.
"She went without protective equipment," wrote one commenter. "I drove speeding and violating the rules of the road… She was 40 years old and she left her 16-year-old daughter. Accounts like this, propagandizing violations and a similar way of life, should not be in the public domain."