16 year old runner killed in the Valley by hit and run driver.
[Update: I originally got this story wrong and wrote that Lynch was a cyclist. He was running across the street when this happened. As a runner, I know it's very dangerous out there for runners just as it is for cyclists. I learned the defensive riding skills that keep me alive riding in LA first as a runner, then remixed them for cycling. RIP Conor Lynch.]
I received this bad news this morning from City of LA Bicycle Advisory Committee Chairman Glenn Bailey:
Advisory Message has been issued by the LAPD Headquarters.
Tuesday October 19, 2010 10:31 PM PDT
Valley Teen Killed in Hit and Run Collision
October 19, 2010, Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Valley Traffic Division Detectives are investigating a fatal hit and run collision that claimed the life of a 16-year-old Valley student from Sherman Oaks.
On October 19, 2010, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Conor Lynch was attempting to jog across Woodman Avenue, midblock north of Riverside Drive and south of Addison Street, when he was hit by a burgundy 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV travelling northbound. The driver of the SUV, Moran Biton, 18-years of age from Sherman Oaks, failed to stop after the collision and continued driving northbound for several blocks before being detained by LAPD officers.
Lynch was pronounced dead at scene. Biton was taken into custody and booked into Van Nuys jail for Felony Hit and Run. She is being held on $50,000 bail. The investigation is ongoing, but drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information regarding it is asked to call LAPD Valley Traffic Detectives, Detective II Chris Laurino, (818) 644-8115, or Detective III William Bustos at
(818) 644-8021. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) using a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.
Check the LA Times article for updates.