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Suspect comes forward in deadly hit and run

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Eli Webb (Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch) Eli Webb (Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A man turned himself in to police and claimed responsibility for the hit and run death of 24-year-old Lanie Kruszewski Sunday night, according to the Commonwealth's Attorneys Office.

30-year-old Elias Steven Webb walked into Richmond Police headquarters with an attorney and read a statement that he was driving the SUV involved in the deadly crash, prosecutors said. Webb also expressed remorse for the incident.

Kruszewski was killed while riding her bicycle on River Road Sunday night. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at Maggie Walker Governor's School.

Family members say they're glad someone came forward, but knowing who did this doesn't' make the loss any easier.

"There's kind of a sense of relief," said Tim Heberling, Lanie's Uncle. "We're all still grieving, all still in a state of shock. "

Richmond police are currently gathering information on an SUV turned over to police by defense attorneys. A search warrant shows investigators carefully examining the Dodge Durango. They collected hair samples, swabs of red stains, and several pieces from the front of the car.

At Maggie Walker Governor's School, flowers woven into a fence make a heart. Next to it is a poem written for Lanie and it's enough to pull at your heart-strings.  

It begins, "There are no words, not much to say, to explain how or why, this happened that day".

And while no words may exist to explain this tragedy, there seems to be no shortage of words to describe Lanie, the life she lead and the people she touched.

"Elton John had a song," said Heberling. "Candle in the Wind. That was her. She was a bright flame."

On Thursday night, family members said police have not told them who the suspect is, but the family has followed news reports and they do not recognize the name of the person that has been published.  

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Webb has worked as an advertising account executive at the paper for the past three years.

If you would like to make a donation in her honor, her family requests that donations go to the Maggie Walker Governor's School Foundation; Brain Food; or the Virginia Bicycling Federation.

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