Woman Faces Misdemeanor Charges In Notre Dame Runner’s Death

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An 18-year-old Van Nuys woman faces misdemeanor charges for a crash that killed a Notre Dame High School student.

A young woman arrested in the accident that killed a Notre Dame High School cross-country runner Oct. 19 is facing misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run and driving without a license. County prosecutors indicated there was no evidence for a felony filing for Moran Biton of Van Nuys, because she contacted police and did not hide any details of the case.

Woman Faces Misdemeanor Charges In Death Of Jogging Notre Dame Student: KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports.

If convicted, Biton could be sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

The charges were filed as misdemeanors, rather than felonies, after the District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges and handed the case down to the City Attorney’s Office, which only handles the lesser charges.

Conor Lynch, a 16-year-old junior, and three teammates were running to practice after school when a Hyundai sport utility vehicle driven by Biton hit him as he jogged across Woodman Avenue in Sherman Oaks in the middle of the block.

He died at the scene. Police said Biton drove away from the crash, continued heading north on Woodman and pulled over when she saw several officers working on another matter.

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  • Pooky

    If I rape a kid, I’d be in jail for life.. but the sentence is lighter if I run over one?!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Her life will continue while his family deals with him being GONE forever….

  • sam

    I am really not seeing the justice here. She is driving with out license, she hits someone and takes off, actually fleeing the scene of the crime. She made no attempt to slam on her brakes to indicate that she was trying to stop. So it sounds like this was intentional to me. Maybe not malice but definitely intentional, and to only get a slap on the wrist. If i were the family I would seek every legal remedy available to get justice.

  • Jeff Smith

    My heart goes out to this young mans family. An unlicensed driver kills him and drives away and ONLY pulls over due to the overwhelming guilt that probably hits her when she sees a group of uniformed police officers. This is FELONY HIT AND RUN MANSLAUGHTER plain and simple. She had no right to be driving, she fled the scene, and I know everyone could careless what this young was doing, she killed him and I can not believe the district atty office. The system failed this family and I hope everyone involved can live with themselves with this epic failure of a decision from Mr Cooley’s office

    • Hank

      This is garbage. I wonder why she got off so easy….hmmmmm. I bet if she was black or brown she would be facing felony hit and run etc. She is Israeli. Enough said. They can do no wrong.

  • Tom

    Please coach student runners in traffic safety.

  • Clinton

    This is a total outrage. Today is the 1 month mark of Con passing. She hasn’t served a day in jail. I really doubt that she has any remorse. She didn’t even ask how he was after she plowed over him and took off. She plain didn’t care.
    I drive Woodman daily, people speed. I get that , but just not seeing a 6ft tall kid running is just negligence! what had her attention? Texting? Make up?
    In her own country she would have gotten a harsher penalty.
    May God have mercy on your soul….I wouldn’t

    • Tom

      Until negligence is made a felony, that’s the way it is in this country. Get it? Where there’s no intent, there’ no felony. Hey, i understand – we all feel the same – but how else would you do it? Inattention is not a crime. Now, distracted driving is different. If she were on a cell phone or text-ing after Jan 1 of this year she’s up for a misdemeanor. Distracted driving is the no. 1 cause of accidents in the U.S. Things are going to change.

  • Jessica

    I was right there when this happened and I just want to put my hear out to Conor’s family. One month before Conor was killed my brother was killed by a hit and run while on foot as well and left behind 2 sons, one named Connor, 7 years old, and I have 2 other brothers as well. Seeing this was awful, and I completely agree, she left, she needs to pay, just like the guy who killed my brother, he is going to get 2-5 years, and I still don’t think that’s enough.

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