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Driver charged with murder in death of 13-year-old Malibu pedestrian; detectives seek witnesses

April 7, 2010 |  7:05 am

Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a driver accused of striking down and killing a 13-year-old Malibu girl this weekend.

The driver, Sina Khankhanian, 26, was charged with one count of murder and an allegation that he used a deadly weapon, an automobile.

Emily Rose Shane had just left a friend’s home about 5 p.m. Saturday and was walking north on the right side of Pacific Coast Highway near Kanan Dume Road when she was struck by a blue Mitsubishi Lancer, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. The vehicle then ran into an power pole and flipped over.

Khankhanian, of Winnetka, was detained at the scene and later booked on the murder count at the Malibu-Lost Hills sheriff’s station. Authorities determined that Khankhanian may have deliberately crashed his vehicle. They do not believe he intended to hit Emily.

Anyone who saw the vehicle before the crash or saw the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. 

--Corina Knoll