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Pre-Trial Hearing For Driver In Fatal Hit And Run

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Elias Webb Elias Webb
Lanie Kruszewski Lanie Kruszewski

RICHMOND, VA— The man charged with felony hit-and-run after police say he struck and killed a 24-year-old bicyclist with his SUV and then fled the scene has a pre-trial court appearance Monday.

Elias Webb, 30, was charged with one count of felony hit and run in connection with the July death Lanie Kruszewski. Webb is free on bond, after a Richmond judge set a $200,000 bond for Webb on Wednesday, August 8.

At a bond hearing, a Richmond judge ordered Webb to surrender his driver's license and passport. The judge also said Webb, who's been staying at both his mother and father's homes, to remain at one residence.

The prosecution argued against bond, saying Webb is a flight risk. Prosecutors argued Webb left the scene of the crash and that he had to have seen Kruszewski as she rode her bike down River Road on Sunday, July 29.

Prosecustors also said Webb's car sustained damage on the hood and windshield, and that Kruszewksi's blood, hair and clothing were found on the windshield.

Kruszewksi was wearing reflective clothing and has lights on the bike she was riding. The prosecution said her body was found 109 feet from where she was struck by the SUV Webb was driving.

Kruszewski's family and boyfriend were in court, but did not comment on the case or hearing. Webb's parents were also in the Richmond courtroom.

Webb faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the felony hit-and-run charge. Webb has no criminal history, but does have lengthy driving record. A pre-trial hearing was set for August 20.

A grand jury on Monday indicted Webb on one felony count of hit-and-run, and a capias was issued for Webb's arrest.

Webb, an employee at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, told police he was behind the wheel of the SUV that fatally struck Kruszewski, according to the Commonwealth's Attorney's office. He told police he thought he had struck a deer.

According to a search warrant, police found red stains and other evidence during the search of the 2004 Dodge Durango that struck Kruszewski.

Documents filed in the Richmond Circuit Court said pieces of fabric, samples from the vehicle's steering wheel and samples of an unknown substance were recovered from the vehicle. Evidence was taken from inside and outside of the vehicle.

Lanie Kruszewski, 24, was riding her bike eastbound on River Road when police say a vehicle traveling in the same direction struck her. The vehicle continued without stopping.

Investigators re-created the scene of the deadly hit-and-run crash in Richmond on Wednesday, August 1, a day after the suspect vehicle was identified.

Funeral services for Kruszewski were held Friday, August 3 at 3 p.m. at the Maggie Walker Governor's School. The family asked that donations go to the school's foundation.

 

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