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      Community prepares to celebrate the life of woman killed in hit and run

      The Traverse City community will gather to celebrate the life of a woman killed in a hit and run, while the search for the person responsible for her death continues.

      The Traverse City community will gather to celebrate the life of a woman killed in a hit and run, while the search for the person responsible for her death continues.

      Kelly Boyce Hurlbert was hit while riding her bike on Washington Street just before 2am July 5. Police say after she was hit, she was dragged by the vehicle for more than 1 1/2 blocks. Hurlbert had left work at North Peak Brewing Company and was just a block away from her home where she was left. She died a short time later at the hospital.

      Family and friends will gather at one of Hurlbert's favorite places, F&M Park, to celebrate her life. The service will take place Thursday at 2pm. Those attending are encouraged to ride bicycles to the service and take part in a bicycle procession through downtown Traverse City after the memorial.

      The route will begin at F&M Park to Front Street, Union Street to Sixth Street, and will end at Hannah Park.

      Tuesday, the Traverse City Police Department broadened the focus of the suspect vehicle. Original witness information said the SUV was dark colored, but new information and witness interviews lead police to include silver SUV's in the search.

      The reward being offered for information leading to an arrest was increased Tuesday to $20,000.

      There is also a website set up by friends of the family to help with hospital and funeral costs. The website was also created to make sure accurate information on the investigation is given to the public. You can also donate to the Paul Hurlbert Benefit Fund at any Traverse City State Bank.

      Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Traverse City Police Department. Police are looking for anyone who may have been traveling on or near Washington Street at the time of the hit and run. Police say while the information may have seemed insignificant at the time, it may be very important to the investigation.

      Information should be directed to Traverse City Police Detectives, at 231-995-5152. Anonymous callers can also use 231-947-8477.