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Reward in hit-run death


The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a reward this week for information leading to a hit-and-run driver who killed a teen in Canyon Country.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended a $20,000 reward in the case of a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed 15-year-old Desiree Renee Lawson in Canyon Country the day after Christmas.

The teenager was crossing Sierra Highway, south of Soledad Canyon Road, when she was struck by a car described by witnesses as a gold, tan or a dark-colored four-door sedan with a lowered front end. Investigators said there may be damage to the hood or front end of the car.

The girl, who had five siblings, had been reported missing in September.

She had a history of disappearing from her Sylmar home, according to her relatives, who said that before her death, she had called home and promised to return soon.

Barger asked anyone with more information to call sheriff’s Det. Mark Cramer or Sgt. Scott Shoemaker at (661) 255-1121.