No leads in woman’s death in 2003

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Hair was run down about 9 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2003, after stopping her SUV on Avenue O near 155th Street East to rescue a stray cat from the middle of the road. A vehicle coming the other way struck her – and the cat – and kept going. There were no witnesses to the collision because of the time of night and the dark, remote location: a two-lane road at the edge of Lake Los Angeles. CHP officers said they received several 911 calls minutes later reporting a pedestrian having been hit and killed. Hair was dead when rescue crews arrived. Pieces of the vehicle that struck Hair were left behind, leading investigators to believe she was run down by a 1994 to 1997 GMC or Chevrolet full-size pickup truck or SUV. The vehicle would have sustained minor to moderate damage to the front left side and may be missing its left side lower marker lens and parking light ring. LITTLEROCK – Two years after Jannet Lynn Hair was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while stopping to aid a stray cat on a Lake Los Angeles street, authorities are still seeking her killer. California Highway Patrol investigators have inspected nearly 2,000 pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles like the one that left behind broken parts after the deadly collision but did not find the one that hit the 21-year-old Antelope Valley College student. Meanwhile, her room at her parents’ house remains largely unchanged from the time when her mother last heard from her when she telephoned to say she was on her way home from studying for finals with a friend. “I just don’t know how this person can go on every day, knowing what they did. It’s, I don’t know, it’s just very hard,” said Hair’s mother, Carol, 55. Three days after her death, Hair’s family issued a tearful public plea for the hit-and-run driver to turn himself in or for anyone who knew the identity of the driver to call the CHP. Los Angeles County supervisors offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Hair’s killer. To whittle down the list of potential suspects, the CHP in January 2004 sent letters to more than 2,900 people who own vehicles similar to the suspect’s, asking them to bring their trucks and SUVs in to be checked for front-end damage. Nearly 2,000 were inspected. Another investigator was brought into the case with the hope that a fresh set of eyes might find something that was missed or overlooked or come up with a new lead. “At this point, there are no new leads and pretty much all the leads we had have been exhausted,” said Capt. Doug Rich, commander of the Antelope Valley CHP station. With the two-year anniversary approaching, Rich renewed the call for anyone with information to contact the CHP. “We are sure there is more than one person who knows who killed her. We want anyone who knows about the case to come forward and call us,” Rich said. “Situations and relationships change over time, maybe a falling-out with people. We would certainly appreciate a phone call so we can bring this person to justice. “It’s a tragic situation with the loss of a young adult who had her whole life ahead of her. She stopped to basically rescue an animal and gets (run) down in the road and left for dead. There’s no question this person knew that he hit her,” Rich said. Hair had been studying for her certificate in American Sign Language at Antelope Valley College because she wanted to help deaf children and had even been considering fostering a deaf child after she finished school. She was a humanitarian and animal lover. She had three dogs, two cats and a potbellied pig, all of which had been given to her by friends who knew she could not turn away an injured or abandoned animal. Hair graduated in 2001 from Littlerock High School. She changed her major several times because she could not decide between working with animals and children, but was only two semesters away from earning her American Sign Language certificate. “She was always full of energy and wanting to help people all the time,” Carol Hair said. “She wanted to be a vet, but she also was working with a lot of people that needed help.” A childhood friend since junior high, Heather Newcomb of Palmdale, described Hair as very energetic, always smiling and happy, and a lover of animals. “Anytime we’d see a stray cat, she would want to go and help it,” Newcomb said. Newcomb, like the family, is seeking closure in Hair’s death. “I’m pretty upset about it still because she had so much that she was striving for, and for her not to do anything and all she was doing was studying. It’s kind of sad to have her on the right track and all of sudden she’s gone,” Newcomb said. The passage of time has not assuaged Carol Hair’s pain over the loss of her daughter, the youngest of four children. She would have turned 23 on Oct. 29. “At first it was kind of just a little numb and very difficult. This year it’s still difficult. I’m trying to keep busy but … she was with me most of the time,” Carol Hair said. Carol recalled the night of her daughter’s death. “I had just talked to her. She called me to let me know she was coming home. I was waiting for her. A little bit later the officers called,” she said. Anyone with information about the incident can call the Lancaster CHP office at (661) 948-8541. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img