School Mourns Student-Athlete Killed In Hit-And-Run

SHERMAN OAKS (CBS/AP) — Counselors were expected to be available Wednesday for grieving students and faculty at Notre Dame High School, where a prayer service is planned for a 16-year-old member of the cross country team who was struck and killed while jogging in Sherman Oaks.

City News Service says the boy, identified by the coroner’s office as 16-year-old Conor Lynch, was jogging across Woodman Avenue Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle driven by an 18-year-old driver.

Disbelief, Shock And Grief Fill Notre Dame H.S. Campus After Death Of Student-Athlete, KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports.

Police say the driver kept going, but eventually pulled over and told officers responding to an unrelated call that she thought she hit someone.

Lynch and three teammates on the school’s boys’ cross country team were headed to practice at the time of the collision. Lynch died at the scene.

Notre Dame High School officials issued a recorded phone statement about the death Tuesday afternoon.

“There’s been a tragic accident near campus today,” the message stated. “This afternoon junior Conor Lynch was struck and killed in a fatal traffic accident. The energy of the entire Notre Dame community is focused on helping the family through this difficult time. We encourage your prayers for the family.”

According to the message, the school will hold a special prayer service Wednesday for students to honor the boy’s memory. The school will also have counselors available for students who need help dealing with the death.

The driver, who was booked Tuesday night in Van Nuys, was released early Wednesday on bond of $50,000, according to inmate records. She is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 9 in Van Nuys.

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  • Len Johnson

    I work with teenagers, an the report says no alcohol or drugs, but did they investigate her possibly using her cell phone? The high school kids I’m around are glued to their phones and sometimes oblivious to the world around them. If she was, I would make a huge issue of it.

  • Shirl

    Should a telephone or another device be involved, perhaps having your car sold, driving priviliges revoked, and a year in jail may be the answer in saving precious lifes.

  • Melissa

    This is very sad. Drivers should be more careful, specially on that area
    where the school is, cars speed up a lot, I don’t know if it is because
    they’re coming or going into the freeway.
    According to the witnesses, the girl was speeding and texting
    at the same time.

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