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Bicyclist Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Aurora

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

A 61-year-old woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver Tuesday while she was riding a bike in west suburban Aurora. 

A sheriff’s deputy noticed a bicycle in the grass about 1:20 a.m. on Edgelawn Road at Prairie Street and located a woman 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." 

The woman, identified as Elizabeth Kakoczki of Aurora, 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 on the crash is asked to call Aurora police at 630-256-5330.

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