Van recovered in fatal bicycle hit-and-run on Indianapolis' west side

INDIANAPOLIS -- A silver van involved in a bicyclist fatal hit-and-run was recovered Thursday afternoon, according to Indianapolis Metro Police.

22-year-old Ruben Denizard was struck around 10 p.m. Wednesday near Washington Street and Bellview place on the city's west side.

"I'm hurt. I'm really hurt. That was my only nephew. I don't have more nephew. You took it from me," said Myriam Denizard, victim's aunt.

Witnesses told police that the Denizard was sitting on his bike talking to someone when a silver van crossed the center line, struck Denizard, then fled the scene west on Washington Street. 

"I just want him to come forward and admit he took an innocent life. I just want him to know we forgive him. I really do, we forgive him. But I was justice served," said Shana Graver, victim's friend.

Denizard was pronounced dead at the scene. 

He had been working as a material handler at Belmont Warehousing for the past two months.

Denizard had dreams of becoming a chef.

"You took his life. You also took pieces of ours with you. Ruben was a good kid. Full of life. He didn't deserve this," said Graver.

If you have any information about the crime contact IMPD or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

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