Search On for Hit and Run Driver in Michigan

A driver who hit and fatally killed a 29-year-old female cyclist on Thursday, then fled the scene, is being sought by authorities in Michigan.

Kelly Ann Boyce, 29, was riding home Friday at about 1:50 a.m. in the 600 block of Washington

Kelly Ann Boyce, 29, before she was fatally struck by a hit and run driver in Traverse City, MI, Thursday, July 4, 2013.

Street when investigators believe someone who piloted a dark pickup truck or SUV struck her from behind, reported Matt Troutman at the Record-Eagle.

Troutman continued:

Traverse City Police Capt. Brian Heffner said detectives are seeking the public’s help in tracking down the driver.

“Somebody knows who this is,” he said.

Heffner said Boyce died from traumatic injuries early Friday in Munson Medical Center.
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“We lost a perfect soul today,” said her husband Paul Hurlbert, fighting back tears.

Hurlbert said Boyce was riding her bicycle home after a double shift at North Peak Brewing Company. She briefly stopped by Kilkenny’s to see Hurlbert’s band play and was within sight of their residence in the 700 block of Washington Street when the vehicle struck her.

“We both ride our bikes every day. That’s why we live in town,” he said. “She’s always very cautious.”

Boyce, who is originally from Benzie County, was set to celebrate her one-year wedding anniversary next week. Boyce’s friend Sharon Hults said she enjoyed music, dancing and company.

“Honestly, the thing she loved the most in life was Paulie,” she said.

Accident investigators believe Boyce was riding east on the south side of the Washington Street, within 12 inches of the curb when the vehicle — traveling in the same direction — struck her.

“Horrifying and truly disgusting,” wrote Dennis Bean-Larson who first reported the incident to Cyclists International, and shared the original story.
“I regret having to pass this along Jen, but these have to be reported and distributed if there is ever to be any change in enforcement and prosecution of motor vehicle operators,” wrote Bean-Larson yesterday.
Bean-Larson owns two bicycle-centric business in Traverse City, MI, a bike shop and online store, and a sports food company called ERG-bar.
“She was thrown from the bicycle, became entangled with the vehicle and was dragged for more than a block to an alleyway on Railroad Street,” continued the report from the Record-Eagle.

Heffner said investigators could not discount similarities with a late June 2012 incident in which a dark vehicle struck a pregnant bicyclist on Ninth Street and broke her leg. The victim in that case told the Record-Eagle she believed the vehicle intentionally struck her.