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Woman to face misdemeanor charges in hit-and-run that killed Notre Dame High student

November 9, 2010 |  8:15 am

The Los Angeles city attorney's office said Tuesday it has charged the 18-year-old woman with a misdemeanor in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed a Notre Dame High School cross-country runner.

If convicted of the charges of leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license, Moran Biton faces a maximum of 18 months in jail, according to city prosecutors. She is scheduled to appear in a Van Nuys courtroom Tuesday morning for arraignment.

Biton is accused of fatally striking Conor Lynch, a 16-year-old junior, with her SUV Oct. 19. The Notre Dame cross-country team often trains on the sidewalks in the Sherman Oaks neighborhoods surrounding the high school.

Police said they believe Conor may have been trying to catch up with a pack of runners when he was struck by the SUV. Conor was jogging across Woodman Avenue in the middle of a block, and not at a crosswalk, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The motorist, identified as Biton, drove four blocks before she pulled over next to a police car that was in the area on another call. She reportedly told officers, "I think I hit someone."

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Monday it would not file felony charges because Biton contacted police and did not conceal any details of the case.

-- Andrew Blankstein