Accused Hit and Run Driver Faces Judge

October 11, 2011 Updated Oct 11, 2011 at 11:20 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

October 11, 2011 Updated Oct 11, 2011 at 11:20 PM EDT

WEST SENECA, NY (WKBW) - 29-year-old Lori Maciejewski was escorted in handcuffs into West Seneca Town Court Tuesday night for a Felony hearing in the hit and run crash that killed 18-year-old college freshman Ryan Purcell.

Maciejewski is accused of hitting Purcell early Saturday morning as we walked along Seneca Street.

Friends and family of the the victim and Maciejewski looked-on as the 29-year-old waived her right to a felony hearing, sending the case to an Erie County Grand Jury.

Family friends of Maciejewski say she was a kind and sweet woman who loved kids, and they say that this tragedy that took a young life is devastating for all sides involved.

Rick Larkin, who was with Ryan's younger brother when they got news of his death, says he's glad that police have made an arrest.

"When we were at the hospital, no one knew what happened. They just found him dead. Then they came back to us and said that it was a hit-and-run and that no one knew who it was. It was good that they found her [Maciejewski]."

Ryan's mother Lisa Purcell is hoping that something can be done to make the area near the incident safer for pedestrians.

"It's a very unsafe place for people to walk east and west. Everyday I drive down there and there are times when you almost hit someone, the sides of the roads are so narrow."

Calling hours for Ryan Purcell are being held at Lombardo Funeral Home at 3060 Abbott Road in Orchard Park from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

His funeral services is set for 10 a.m. Friday morning at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church.