911 Calls Reporting Erratic Driver Who Killed Girl Add to PCH Safety Concerns
• Sources Say No LASD Cars May Have Been in Malibu When Incident Occurred
BY ANNE SOBLE
BY ANNE SOBLE
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has issued a call for additional witnesses and information in the April 3 death of 13-year-old Emily Rose Shane on Pacific Coast Highway.
Some witnesses have already stepped forward, but the LASD Homicide Bureau wants to recreate a timeline for the blue, four-door Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Sina Khankhanian through Malibu on the day Shane was killed.
Khankhanian faces second degree murder charges in the Malibu High School student’s death.
There were six 911 calls reporting Khankhanian’s erratic driving, starting before Topanga, and presumably other witnesses observed the driver on the PCH. Anyone with information is asked to contact LASD Detective Mark Lillienfeld at 323-890-5589.
The audio of the six 911 calls is not being released by the sheriff’s department because it is evidence; however, members of the recently formed PCH safety group obtained their approximate time sequence and locations (it appears 911 calls may not be time stamped, so exact times are unavailable).
Call one, received at Lost Hills, was from an LAPD dispatcher who had spoken to a citizen via 911. The citizen reported a “very dangerous” driver on Topanga Canyon headed toward PCH. This call came in at approximately 5:03 p.m.
Call two, also received at the Lost Hills Station, came from that same citizen via 911. The citizen reported the same suspect and conduct, relating that the car was going north on PCH from Topanga.
Call three, received at Lost Hills, was made by two local men driving north on PCH toward Pepperdine. This 911 call came directly to Lost Hills at about 5:11 p.m.
Call four was also a 911 call directly to the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. This caller saw the suspect going north on PCH past Pepperdine. This call came in at approximately 5:14 p.m.
Call five was from the scene of the incident. This call went directly to Lost Hills via 911, and was received at about 5:17 p.m.
Call six was received after the incident from a CHP dispatcher who was relaying information from a citizen at 5:23 p.m.
Although sources familiar with LASD procedures would not speak for attribution, they stress that accident information is still being analyzed. Even so, it appears that no sheriff’s vehicles were able to respond quickly to the 911 calls, and there may not have been any cars at all on PCH.
These sources say there is department protocol for this type of 911 call to be assigned to a designated LASD vehicle, and that has not yet been shown to have occurred in this instance.