Lawrence police have not issued a description of a driver or vehicle involved in the early Friday morning apparent hit-and-run death of 20-year-old Lawrence woman Rachel Leek.
A press release police issued Friday said Leek “was found just off the roadway and appeared to have been struck by a passing vehicle as she was riding her bicycle in the 1000 block of Tennessee.”
Police said Leek was transported by air ambulance with serious, life-threatening injuries to Stormont-Vail hospital in Topeka, where she later died.
Emergency crews responded to the scene after a 2:20 a.m. call to Douglas County emergency dispatchers. Police Sgt. Susan Hadl said a resident in the area had heard a noise and had gone outside to investigate when he or she found Leek unconscious near the curb on the east side of the street. Leek’s bicycle was nearby.
Another press release issued by Lawrence police later on Friday said the investigation was ongoing and that no other details were available.
Hadl asked anyone with information regarding the incident to call Lawrence police or leave an anonymous message on the Crimestoppers TIPS hot line at 843-TIPS (8477).
Leek was an employee at Wheatfield’s Bakery in downtown Lawrence.