Police ID River Road hit and run victim

Posted at 4:44 PM, Jul 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-30 21:41:41-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Richmond Police announced Monday officers were looking for a  Jeep Cherokee or Dodge Durango that may have been involved in a deadly hit and run accident on River Road.

Lane M. Kruszewski, 24, known as Lanie, of the 600 block of Roseneath Road, was killed Sunday night while she rode her bike east on River Road near the Henrico County line.

Cycling advocate Bud Vye, who lobbies the General Assembly every year for tougher laws to protect cyclists, says River Road is a dangerous spot for bikers. 

“River Road is tight, it doesn’t have much of a shoulder and it turns, tight turns.” 

Vye says he’s been pushing lawmakers to pass legislation that would require motorists to allow 3 or 4 feet distance when passing a cyclist.  Virginia currently has a law of two feet.

“We’re the only state that has two feet,” argues Vye.  “You have to have elbow room out there and motorists… most of them are in a hurry.”

Officers said the vehicle that hit Kruszewski and drove off may have damaged its passenger side headlight, side view mirror and/or window.

Crash team investigators said they believed Kruszewski’s bicycle had a working headlight, reflectors and rear flashing lamp.
Anyone with information about the hit and run is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.