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News Release

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Media Relations

Early Morning Hit and Run Claims Woman's Life (UPDATE)

Los Angeles: The police department is seeking the public's help in identifying the driver of a car that killed a 22-year-old woman.

On March 18, 2006, at about 2 AM, a hit and run felony traffic collision occurred at Wilshire Boulevard and Ridgeley Drive. The woman was crossing southbound from the north curb of Wilshire Boulevard in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a car traveling east on Wilshire Boulevard. The driver of the car did not stop and continued eastbound on Wilshire Boulevard. The car was last seen making a left turn at Burnside Avenue.

The woman was taken to Cedar Sinai Hospital for emergency medical treatment. Unfortunately she died from her injuries four and a half-hours later.

The woman has been identified as Corinne McClane, a resident of Northridge.

The car was described as a 2002-2005 Jeep Cherokee, black in color.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division Detectives are asking the public's assistance in identifying the driver. Should anyone have information regarding this case, call the West Traffic Division Detective Section at 213-473-0234. On weekends and during off-hours call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).

UPDATE:

*West Traffic Detectives developed several leads and witnesses that led to the arrest of 21-year-old Thomas Om, a resident of Garden Grove. On March 21, 2006, at about 3:00PM, Mr. Om, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in and was booked at Wilshire Jail for felony hit and run. His bail amount was set at $50,000.