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UPDATE 2: Police still search for suspect in fatal hit and run

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WALKER COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)  --  Eyewitness News is learning more about a cyclist who was hit and killed early Thursday morning.

Police say 47-year-old, Stanley Smith, was killed while riding his bicycle on Mission Ridge Road in Walker County.

Someone spotted his body in the middle of the road, but there weren't any witnesses making it difficult to track down the driver responsible.

Smith's mother and sisters say the last time they saw him was before dusk, Wednesday. Although, biking in the middle of the night sounds strange, his family says it wasn't unusual for the 47-year-old to get on his bike and go.

"How many people do you see riding a bike with a prosthetic leg?" asks Smith's sister, Debbie Dalton.

Dalton's younger brother had a lot of trials in his life, but Dalton says he didn't let that get him down.

"He was hit by an R. V. back in 2000," says Dalton.   

Stanley Smith was on his way home from work 10 years ago when the R. V. struck him, while he was walking on the side of the road.  He lost his right leg, but it wasn't long before he learned to walk and ride a bike again.   

"He loved riding his bike and walking," says Dalton.  "He loved to walk."

Smith was on his bike when he was hit a second time in his life, Thursday. Police say he died at the scene.   

"They had this road blocked with flashing lights out here," says Mission Ridge Road Resident, Shelton Bobo. 

Bobo says he awoke to lights and sirens in his driveway.  "I talked to a couple of guys who said they saw a body lying in the road when they drove by."  

Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol say the car that hit Smith was headed north on Mission Ridge Road and believe fog could have been a factor in the crash.  Smith didn't have a light on his bike, and he wasn't wearing a helmet.

In addition to working leads, GSP Troopers are also sifting through surveillance footage at gas stations and stores along Mission Ridge Road in hopes of spotting a car with damage, likely on its front end and windshield. 

"I'd like to know who did it," says Dalton. "I'd like for them to come forward." 

With no witnesses, information on the car itself is limited, making the tragedy even more painful for Smith's sister.

"I still can't believe it," says Dalton.

Smith suffered head and chest trauma. His body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Investigators have asked local body shops to report any vehicle with damage to the front end and windshield. 

If you have any information, you're asked to call the GSP Office in LaFayette at 706-638-5501.   

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