Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Authorities hope a $10,000 reward will lead them to the hit-and-run killer of a teen Australian national who was struck by a vehicle as he mysteriously walked on the northbound Hollywood (170) Freeway in North Hollywood just after midnight.

Rishi Chaubal-Menon, 18, was killed about 12:15 a.m. Oct. 31 near Vineland Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Leland Tang said.

Chaubal-Menon was a student at the New York Film Academy-LA Campus, which is offering the reward for information leading to the hit-and-run motorist.

“The vehicle we are looking for will have damage to the left front side headlight, left front fender, and possibly damage to the left front windshield,” Tang said, but the make, model and color are unknown.

“We don’t know why the young man was on the freeway,” he said. “We know it is a very busy freeway, and we hope someone saw something that will help us find the motorist and help bring closure to the family.”

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Tang at the CHP’s West Valley Area office, (818) 888-0980, ext. 204.

CHP Capt. Johnny Starling said investigators have exhausted all leads.

“If you saw the collision, please, anything you think … might be (of assistance) please bring that forward because it is important to help us solve this crime,” he said.

Chaubal-Menon’s roommate, Buffy Milner, told ABC7 that friends and relatives “just want to know what happened.”

“He was the sweetest person,” she said. “He walked into the room and the whole room lit up.”

—City News Service

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