BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) — Authorities say an executive with a company that bought the Australian “Girls Gone Wild” franchise has been released on bail after being charged in a deadly hit-and-run crash.

Ryan Bowman, an Australian national and Venice resident, was charged Monday with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident that killed a 21-year-old woman on the Sunset Strip.

Bowman, 34, is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 4 in Beverly Hills Superior Court on the charge, which stems from the crash last Wednesday night that killed Lauren Ann Freeman.

Sheriff’s deputies said alcohol may have played a factor.

The hit and run happened on Sunset Boulevard, which was closed early Thursday in West Hollywood for a traffic death investigation.

The pedestrian was struck on Sunset at Hammond Street and a section of Sunset was closed, Sgt. Brian Lutz of the sheriff’s West Hollywood Station.

The incident occurred just before midnight and 90 minutes later Sunset remained closed between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard, a news video cameraman at the scene reported.

The pedestrian was in a crosswalk when she was struck by a dark vehicle, witnesses told reporters, saying her covered body was on Sunset at Hammond early Thursday.

The woman was trying to cross near the Roxy Theatre, which is on the north side of Sunset just west of Hammond.

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Comments (10)
  1. Suzy in Burbank says:

    Lauren was my son’s Best Friend. He misses her so much!

    May she rest in peace.

  2. padraig says:

    Rest In Peace with The Angels.

  3. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t hit and run.

  4. Mel Gibson says:

    Don’t drive while being Ignorant and sober either. Sober drivers kill and maim more so than DUI or Drunk Drivers put together

  5. alan hart says:

    The way our laws work, if the driver had stopped and was found to be drunk, he would have been charged with manslaughter. If you run and turn yourself in, the charge is usually dropped to a misdemeanor. This guy has money and a good lawyer. His insurance will pay out for a wrongful death and he will be on probation for a year.

    1. Meat Hater says:

      Exactly! The guy is human and made a simple mistake…..Let him go….he’s only going to get a few months in Jail…oh wait I mean community service…..Drunk Drivers should have more rights than victims!

  6. ReginaM says:

    That’s not fit punishment.

  7. cristi says:

    is this dude an illegal alien? Or does it even matter since he’s white and rich?

  8. st says:

    how will they make sure he doesn’t flee the country to

    1. med says:

      they tied his kangaroo down

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