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Police search for culprit, family for answers

December 15, 2004

Albany -- Fifty-seven year old Ginny Crisler was killed by a speeding car in the parking lot of a Northwest Albany strip mall Wednesday afternoon.

Her family has gathered to try to cope with her death.

Ginny Crisler raised three sons in Albany. Today they gather at her home, preparing to bury her. "With everybody coming into town, I wish it didn't have to be like this. I wish she could have been here with us," said Geoffrey Crisler.

Crisler was a retired BellSouth customer service worker. "She never did get things that showed in newspapers or on TV, but she taught us what it was like to be adults," said Scott Crisler.

Her sons are stunned their mother was killed by a hit and run driver. They hope the driver's arrest will help their grief. "That someone would do this to another human being, and then not take the responsibility for it. That's the part that I know I'm struggling with," said Scott.

The Crisler sons say their family and friends are helping, but the shock of their Mother's death is still overwhelming. "Trying to explain to her grandchildren why she's not coming for Christmas is tough," Scott said.

The sons say they will lean on one another for strength.

Visitation for Ginny Crisler will be at Kimbrell Stern Thursday at 5:00PM. Her funeral will be Friday at 4:00 at Porterfield United Methodist Church.

Investigators ask your help in finding the killer. Witnesses say the car was a late 80's, early 90's model white sedan, possibly a Chevy Lumina, with silver or gold stripes down the side, and heavily tinted windows.

Officers say Mrs. Crisler stepped around the rear of her car and was hit. "It's quite possible there were two, maybe three, maybe more persons inside the vehicle," said Albany Police Sgt. Tony Moore. "My investigation started to reveal that the person turned off Dawson Road in haste, speeding through the parking lot in reckless driving, and possible did not even see the pedestrian."

Police say they have received numerous calls with information, but are still asking for your help. If you know who the hit and run driver is, call the Albany Police.

posted at 3:35PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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