Cops: Holbrook woman dies in hit-and-run

Police gather at the scene of a fatal

Police gather at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run at Veterans Memorial Highway and Broadway Avenue in Holbrook. The victim, Cheri Larrydale, 46, of Holbrook, was attempting to cross the highway when she was struck by a westbound vehicle, said Suffolk County police. (Oct. 5, 2013) Photo Credit: Stringer News Service

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The family of a Holbrook woman who was fatally struck while crossing Veterans Memorial Highway on Saturday pleaded with the person who hit her to come forward.

Cheri Larrydale, 46, was walking north on Broadway Avenue in Holbrook when she was struck by a westbound vehicle about 12:40 a.m. as she attempted to cross the multilane highway, police said.

The driver fled, and Larrydale was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

"We would just like for the person who did this to confess . . . to honor her by standing up and doing the right thing," Larrydale's sister, Tanya, said Saturday night.

Larrydale was visiting her sister Tanya in Holbrook, when the accident occurred.

"She's a beautiful person, she's an accomplished person," Tanya Larrydale said. "She was a very loving, passionate member of our family."

Tanya Larrydale said her sister grew up in Pennsylvania, and has two other sisters and a 14-year-old daughter. Larrydale said Cheri Larrydale was "hardworking" and graduated from California University of Pennsylvania. She said her sister was a certified financial planner, who ran her own business until the economic downturn. After that, she did freelance financial work, she said.

When Cheri Larrydale was 18, she won a beauty pageant in Fayette County, Penn. She also liked painting, interior design and fitness, her family said.

A Holbrook neighbor said Cheri Larrydale would often walk in the area at night. Jeff Sloan, 44, said Veterans Memorial Highway is fairly lit at night in contrast with dark Broadway.

"If they [the driver] were going on Vets Highway, they should have seen her, unless they were speeding or drinking," Sloan said.

Police did not have a description of the vehicle but believe it sustained front-end and headlight assembly damage. Investigators are reviewing red-light cameras at that intersection, police said.

Ulfat Hussain, manager of Sunoco at Vets Highway and Broadway, said Larrydale was a regular customer of his gas station convenience store. She shopped two or three times a day for the past six or seven months.

A few steps from the Sunoco were remnants of the accident scene: white chalk, warning flares and leftover yellow police tape.

Under a crosswalk light was an aged memorial for another car accident victim.

"She always waited for the light," Hussain said of Larrydale. "She pressed the button every time. It's very sad to hear something like this happened to someone you know. It hurts you."

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.

With Candice Ferrette

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