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Driver who killed girl on PCH in Malibu sentenced

June 15, 2012 |  1:49 pm

A suicidal motorist who hit and killed a young girl along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu two years ago was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison
A suicidal motorist who hit and killed a young girl along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu two years ago was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison.

In a botched suicide attempt, Sina Khankhanian, 28, drove his car recklessly at speeds up to 70 mph and crashed near Heathercliff Road on April 3, 2010, authorities said.

His vehicle struck Emily Shane, 13, as she walked along the shoulder of the highway from a friend's house to meet her father at a nearby shopping center.

Khankhanian, who was convicted of second-degree murder May 17, will be eligible for parole after 15 years. Authorities said that Khankhanian's reckless driving prompted several 911 calls before he ran off the road.

Prosecutors said Khankhanian, apparently despondent about losing his job, had left what appeared to be a suicide note at his home.

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Photo: Rabbi Levy Cunin lights a menorah on the first day of Hannukah 2010 at the site where Emily Shane was killed. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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