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Police identify bicyclist killed in hit and run

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond Police have identified the victim in a deadly hit and run accident near the Huguenot Bridge as 24-year-old Lane Kruszewski.

They say she was riding her bicycle on River Road near Bridgeway Road just after 10 o'clock Sunday night when she was struck and died at the scene. Police still don't know who hit her.

Sources tell NBC12, when they found Kruszewski she had what they describe as "severe head trauma" and was already dead.

You'd only know something terrible happened in the area if you searched the brush and pavement for scattered debris. Pieces of what appear to be a bike helmet and bell, latex gloves and crime scene tape from emergency crews and pools of blood serve as a sad reminder of the deadly hit-and-run.

"It breaks my heart," exclaimed Anne Riley, who lives close to the accident scene.

When officers got to the scene around 10:15 Sunday night, they found a 24-year-old female biker, who had already passed away, but not the car that hit her. Authorities blocked off the road for hours as the crash team began investigating. They believe both the bicyclist and driver were heading eastbound away from the bridge.

Police say the vehicle in question is possibly a Jeep Cherokee or Dodge Durango. They believe there will be damage to the headlight, side view mirror and possibly the window of the front passenger side of the vehicle.

While the people who live around there are mourning a life lost so close to home, they're not surprised to hear of an accident on the busy, narrow and winding stretch.

There is no shoulder on this part of River Road and no place for a bicyclist to move over if she's feeling pressure from a passing car. There is actually no space between the white line marking the side of the road and the grass.

Many have had close calls of their own and have anticipated something this tragic.

"It concerns everybody I think that rides up and down River Road and Cary Street because there's nowhere for the cyclists to get and it just seems dangerous," Riley explained.

Now it has become dangerous, deadly and criminal.

"To think that someone could do that and not take responsibility for their actions, it's sad," Liz Williams, who will not let her kids bike on River Road, told us.

If you know anything that could help detectives, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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