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Family Of Hit & Run Victim Files Civil Lawsuit

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UPDATE: The family of Lanie Kruszewski has filed a $5 million dollar civil lawsuit against Elias Webb, the man found guilty in the hit-and-run death of their 24-year-old daughter.

The suit was filed on June 20th in Richmond City Circuit Court. The plaintiff in the case is Kruszewski's mother, Patty Kruszewski.

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RICHMOND, VA—A Richmond judge on Tuesday sentenced Elias Webb to three years in prison for the hit-and-run death of 24-year-old bicyclist Lanie Kruszewski.

Elias Webb was sentenced by a judge Tuesday to three years behind bars, the same sentence recommended by the jury that convicted him.

Webb faced a maximum of 10 years after being found guilty of felony hit-and-run in the July 2012 wreck left 24-year-old Lanie Kruszewski dead.

Once Webb is released from prison, his license will be suspended for one year. Additionally, he could face an additional two more years in jail if he violates probation once he is released from prison.

In February, it took the jury of four men and 10 women just less than three hours to reach a guilty verdict in the 2012 hit and run case.

During the trial, Elias Webb took the stand in his own defense. Webb told the jury that although he'd had a glass and a half of wine with dinner the night of the accident, he was absolutely not impaired.

He testified that an online article he read the morning after the fatal crash made him start to think the worst. He said he went back out to his vehicle and realized that there was no way he had hit a deer the night before, as he thought initially.

He went on to tell the court that he "freaked out," grabbed a golf club and smashed the rest of his windshield, which was already damaged from the crash the night before. He then went inside, laid down and cried.

He said that during this time, he even thought of harming himself.

Webb admitted he was driving the vehicle and turned himself into police a week after the wreck.

Court documents show Webb had been drinking alcohol the night of the crash.

Prosecutors 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 had 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.

The prosecution has shown Webb's lengthy driving record includes 11 citations since 2000—five of those for spending. He had no criminal history.

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