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Sherman Oaks school mourns student killed by hit-and-run driver

October 21, 2010 |  9:24 am

John Dugan's stomach turned Tuesday afternoon as he drove by the accident scene on Woodman Avenue in Sherman Oaks. A body lay covered in the road.

"I kept driving," Dugan said. "And I just kept thinking that somewhere out there, there's someone who doesn't know they've lost their loved one."

Hours later he learned it was his best friend's eldest son.

Conor Lynch was 16 years old, with a lanky build and short, blond hair. He was jogging across the busy street during cross-country practice when he was struck by a sport-utility vehicle.

Behind the wheel, according to authorities, was another Sherman Oaks teenager. Police said 18-year-old Moran Biton drove another four blocks before she pulled over next to a squad car that was in the area on another call.

"I think I hit someone," she reportedly told the officers.

Conor died at the scene. Biton now faces felony hit-and-run charges.

At the spot where the teens' lives intersected, mourners have been leaving flowers and candles. Dugan was at the sidewalk memorial Wednesday morning when one of Conor's aunts, Donnelle Juelsson, walked up.

Dugan held her as she cried.

Read more about how two teenagers' lives intersected tragically on a Sherman Oaks street.

-- Kate Linthicum