MEMORIAL HONORS STUDENT FATALLY INJURED IN HIT-RUN.
Charles Christopher Mann's family and friends found partial closure Thursday afternoon in a red brick church on the grounds of Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills.
There they mourned the death of Mann, a 20-year-old Cal State Northridge student remembered for the ``twinkle in his eye and supportive manner.''
But until police track down the driver responsible for hitting and fatally injuring Mann as he skated along Valley Circle Boulevard, family members say they will be unable to find peace.
``He had his whole life planned out, and he was going after it,'' Scott Mann said about his brother, who was on the dean's list at CSUN and had hoped to someday be a corporate lawyer.
The West Hills man whom everyone called Chris was struck Oct. 3 as he skated in the bicycle lane on northbound Valley Circle Boulevard, south of Kittridge Street. The driver fled, leaving Mann with two broken legs.
In a bizarre twist, the broken legs triggered a rare, untreatable disorder called fat embolism syndrome, in which fat seeps from the marrow of the broken bones and forms globules that circulate through the body and into the lungs.
Seven days after he was hit, Mann died from the most severe case of the syndrome his doctors had ever seen, according to Scott Mann.
Today, the family holds hope that the driver of the car, described as a light blue or silver gray Nissan, Toyota Tercel or Volkswagen Rabbit, will be apprehended.
Los Angeles police say they have no leads and the trail is growing colder. The driver could face a charge of vehicular manslaughter, said Detective Patrick Ramsey, who is investigating the crash.
Thursday, more than 100 relatives and friends came to the Old North Church to bid Mann a final goodbye.
Mann was born in Mexico City and had a love for multicultural activities, said his mother, Andrea.
She asked, ``How can we endure a life without him?''
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Oct 18, 1996|
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