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Funeral held for slain Notre Dame High runner

Conor Lynch, 16, was killed by a teenage driver as he jogged to cross-country practice at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.

October 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A private funeral mass was held Monday for a Notre Dame High School student killed in a hit-and-run accident last week.Sixteen-year-old Conor Lynch, a member of Notre Dame's cross-country team, was running with three of his teammates to practice at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when he was struck by an SUV while crossing Woodman Avenue.

Witnesses rushed to the boy's side, but Lynch was unresponsive moments after he stepped off the curb and into the street. He was declared dead at the scene.

Eighteen-year-old Moran Biton, of Sherman Oaks, was allegedly at the wheel of the SUV that struck the runner. Police said Biton did not yield as she was traveling northbound on Woodman Avenue, and after she hit Lynch, she did not stop immediately. Biton pulled over about a mile later when she spotted officers responding to an unrelated call.

She was detained, and later arrested for felony hit and run. Police do not believe she was driving under the influence.

Biton is free on a bond of $50,000 and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 9 in Van Nuys.