UPDATE: Driver Involved in Fatal Hit & Run released from Police Custody

UPDATE: Germantown Police Chief said person taken into custody for the hit and run has been released because they did not have enough to hold them on. 
They do still have the vehicle, but the investigation into the hit and run is still active. 

The crash happened Sunday night. Police say Keith Habenicht, 50, was riding his bicycle on Appleton Avenue when he was struck by a car from behind. The man was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the car never stopped.

Surveillance video from a nearby business caught the car involved on camera.

Germantown Police shared the vehicle’s description on a Facebook Post that was viewed by 49,000 people and shared more than 800 times. Within 24 hours of that posting, the suspect was taken into custody and the vehicle retrieved.

“I would like to thank all those who shared the statuses (press release) and for the media running with this story. This is truly community policing in action,” said Chief Peter Hoell.

Police have not released the driver’s identity or details on what may have lead up to the crash.

Habenicht leaves behind a wife and two children, a 12-year-old son and a 17-year-old daughter.

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