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Family of hit and run victim hold memorial

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WALKER COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)  --  The family of a hit and run victim is reaching out to the community, hoping someone will come forward with information about Stanley Smith's death.

The 47-year-old was killed, earlier this month, while riding his bicycle on Mission Ridge Road in Walker county.

Someone later spotted his body in the middle of the road.  There weren't any witnesses to the crime, making it difficult for police to track down the driver.   

Family members say Smith loved walking, and riding his bicycle.  Ten years ago he was walking home from work when he was struck by an R.V.  The accident cost Smith his right leg.  It wasn't long before he learned to walk again, even ride a bike. 

Saturday afternoon pictures, poems and flowers decorate the Ringgold Senior Center as family and friends gather to mourn and remember.

"I'm hoping the service will give me some closure," says Smith's older sister, Debbie Dalton. 

Closure is something Dalton and her family have struggled with since the accident, especially since leads in their brother's case keep turning up cold.

"It's been awful," Dalton says.  "We just miss him so much." 

The accident happened early in the morning.  Georgia troopers say the car that hit Smith was headed north on Mission Ridge Road.  Authorities believe fog could have been a factor.  Smith didn't have a light on his bike, and he wasn't wearing a helmet.

After the accident, GSP troopers interviewed people driving through the area.  They checked surveillance video at nearby gas stations, but no leads have panned out.

Family members say they've been asked many times why Smith was even on the road that early.  During the memorial service his nephew explains that his uncle loved the open road.  It wasn't unusual for him to get on his bike and go.

"I miss talking to him, and visiting with him," says Dalton.  "I wish they'd find the person that ran over him.  It may not be that person's fault, but I'd just like to know what happened." 

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the LaFayette Georgia State Patrol Station at 706-638-5501. 

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