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Police recreate fatal hit and run accident scene

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Family photo of Lanie Kruszewski, far right Family photo of Lanie Kruszewski, far right
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond police returned to the scene of the fatal hit and run accident Wednesday, where 24-year-old Lanie Kruszewski was struck and killed Sunday night. NBC12 confirmed through a source that police have searched the SUV involved in the accident. The source says defense attorneys led police to the SUV, which they then investigated. However, still no arrests have been made. It's not known whether the driver has been identified, or if that person has even come forward to talk with authorities.

Investigators used survey equipment to recreate the scene along River Road where Lanie was hit, and then reportedly dragged 40 feet. She was biking home from work. Now, a picture marks her memory, and the place she died. Her uncle, Tim Heberling, says the family wants the person responsible to reveal himself.

"I don't know how you can live with something like this if you know you did it," said Heberling.

Sources say police combed the vehicle, and defense lawyers have been hired- by someone. Yet, police haven't named a suspect, if they have even identified one.

"I don't know why there's a wait. I can't see any reason for it," added Heberling.

Shortly after the crash team left, a white spray-painted bicycle was left at the scene, creating a choking sight for the many who know about what happened on the busy road, with no shoulder.

"I thank whoever put it there. I think it's a tribute, and it's a reminder- and a warning- of what can happen on a road like this," said Heberling.

Lanie's coworkers at Osaka Sushi & Steak say she road carefully time and again on her way home from the restaurant. They are waiting for answers too.

"Every body's numb right now. We're confident that there's going to be some closure," said Mike Hinerman, owner of Osaka Sushi & Steak.

That closure will only come once a suspect comes forward, or is brought forward, by police.

"We would like whoever is involved to come forward, admit they did it... Let her mother and her sisters and her family get some peace," pleaded Heberling.

Lanie's mother is asking that all flowers and tributes for her daughter to be placed at Maggie Walker Governor's School, instead of on River Road, for safety reasons. Lanie attended the school and also helped coach field hockey there. Her memorial service will also be held at Maggie Walker Governor's School on Friday.

A benefit bike ride in Lanie's memory will be held this Sunday at 9 p.m. next to the Oregon Hill lookout. 

A benefit bike ride in Lanie's memory will be held this Sunday at 9 p.m. next to the Oregon Hill lookout. The family has requested that donations be directed to one of the three organizations: the Maggie Walker Governor's School Foundation; Brain Food; or the Virginia Bicycling Federation.

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