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High School Student Killed in Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Car Accident


Conor Lynch, 16, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after he was hit by an SUV while on a training run with members of his high school’s cross-country team. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the afternoon of October 19, 2010 near the intersection of Woodman Avenue and Addison Street in Sherman Oaks.

The driver of the Hyundai SUV that struck Conor did not stop at the scene. But authorities arrested the driver, identified as 18-year-old Moran Biton, a few blocks away from the scene of the car accident. She was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. Lynch was apparently not in a crosswalk and jogging across the street when he was struck.

I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved young Conor Lynch for their tragic, heartbreaking and untimely loss. Please keep his grieving family members and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 104 deaths and 2,716 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles. Also, countywide, 214 people died and 4,815 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.

Hit-and-Run Car Accident

Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the SUV, Biton, struck the runner and then fled the scene without even stopping to see if he was hurt or needed help. In my opinion, “I panicked,” simply doesn’t cut it when it comes to hit-and-run car accidents. This driver was required under the law to stop and remain at the scene until officials arrived. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” I’m glad this hit-and-run suspect has been apprehended.

Victim’s Claim for Compensation

Although officials say Conor was not in a crosswalk at the time, I trust they are looking into whether Biton was under the influence, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time. If I were a family member of the victim, I would want to know whether the school’s coach was with the athletes, supervising them and making sure they were safe during the training. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to help families of deceased car accident victims understand their legal rights and options in such cases.

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