Eli Webb, convicted of killing cyclist, heads to state prison

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RICHMOND, Va. — The man convicted of killing 24-year-old Richmond cyclist Lanie Kruszweski and driving away from the scene was transferred to prison Tuesday.

Webb, age 32, was moved from the Henrico County Jail to the Powhatan Correctional Center. He was moved since he has a felony sentence and is serving multiple years.

On July 2, 2013 Webb was sentenced to three years behind bars, and was taken to a Henrico jail.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney argued that Webb received special treatment by going to a Henrico jail, because Webb  committed the crime in Richmond, was tried in Richmond and was convicted in Richmond — therefore should serve his time in the city.

But during the more than hour-long motion hearing, Webb’s attorney, Craig Cooley told the court Webb was transferred to Henrico the day of his sentencing because Henrico could handle his sleep apnea–a health condition that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep.

Kruszweski was riding her bike home from work along River Road July 29, 2012 when she was hit by Webb. He said he did not know he had hit her and he kept going. Webb later turned himself in to police.

The family filed a $5 million wrongful-death lawsuit against Webb, and were represented by attorney Aubrey Ford.

Lawyers for the family representing the woman killed riding her bike on River Road last year called the $100,000 settlement approved by a Richmond judge “woefully inadequate.”

Ford said the settlement was lower than what the family had hoped due to limited insurance coverage.

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