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Aurora Police Release Video of ‘Vehicles of Interest' in Hit-and-Run That Killed Bicyclist

Police released surveillance video showing the two vehicles and asking the public if anyone recognized them

Aurora police are hoping to identify two "vehicles of interest" in a fatal hit-and-run investigation that killed a bicyclist on her way home from work last month.

Police released surveillance video showing the two vehicles and asking the public if anyone recognized them. 

The vehicles of interest are connected to the hit-and-run crash that killed 61-year-old Elizabeth Kakoczki while she was riding a bike in the west Chicago suburb. 

A sheriff’s deputy found Kakoczki after noticing a bicycle in the grass just after 1 a.m. last Tuesday on Edgelawn Road at Prairie Street. Kakoczki was found in nearby trees, Aurora police said in a statement.

"A sheriff's deputy was traveling along the roadway when he observed a light in the grass," said Sgt. Edward Corral. "When he went to go investigate what the light was, he found that it was mounted to a bicycle and nearby was the bicyclist." 

Kakoczki was given CPR by police and then taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. 

Family members said the 61-year-old routinely rode her bike home from work each night. 

"She did this every night," said her daughter-in-law Betty Zalenski. "That was her route." 

Emery Kakoczki said his wife, who packed food on a night shift, typically came home just after midnight, but had complained about drivers on the 30 mph road before. 

"She said a few times that some drivers are not so nice if they have to get around," he said. 

Investigators determined the woman was struck by a vehicle that left the scene, police said. 

Family members are hoping someone will speak up to find the driver.

"She had a heart of gold," said Zalenski. "She'd help anybody that she could." 

Anyone with information is being asked to call the Aurora Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (630) 256-5330 or call Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000 to remain anonymous. 

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