FBI offers help, reward in fatal hit-and-run case

Jul 6, 2018

Kelly Hurlbert was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2013.
Credit FBI

Police are stepping up their efforts to solve a five-year-old hit-and-run case in Traverse City. The F.B.I. is offering a $25,000 reward for any information lading to a conviction in the death of 29-year-old Kelly Hurlbert.

On July 5, 2013, Hurlbert was riding her bike home from work at North Peak Brewing Company when she was struck by a car on Washington Street. Evidence at the scene showed that Hurlbert was dragged for more than a block.

Witnesses heard Hurlbert scream but Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney says police never got a reliable description of the car or the driver.

Cooney says police have received more than 800 tips about the case over the last five years.

“We’ve had a lot of highs and lows in this case,” says Cooney. “We have what seemed to be very good information, where we though we had a break in the case, and then it later turns out that it doesn’t pan out.”

Cooney says the F.B.I. is also offering forensic help in solving the case.

“I do remain hopeful, even five years later, that at some point, we are going to know what happened here and bring some closure and justice to Kelly’s family and the community,” says Cooney.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Traverse City Police detective bureau at 231-995-5002.