SANTA CLARITA (CNS) — The county Board of Supervisors have authorized a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a Sylmar teen, and then fled the scene. 

The reward was announced Monday, Feb. 27.

Desiree Lawson, 15, was killed Dec. 26 by a car on Sierra Highway, south of Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. The driver left without stopping to render aid, and has not come forth to authorities.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended the reward in hopes that it results in new leads for investigators trying to find the motorist responsible.

“With this reward, I hope to encourage the public’s participation in offering detectives any tips or leads that may help them find the suspect responsible for this crime,” Barger said.

The car was described by witnesses as a gold, tan or a dark- colored four-door sedan with a lowered front end. Investigators said there may be damage to the hood or front end of the car.

The girl, who had five siblings, had been reported missing in September. She had a history of disappearing from her Sylmar home, according to her relatives, who said that before her death, she had called home and promised to return soon.

Those who have information regarding the identity of the hit-and run driver can contact Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s Detective Mark Cramer at (661) 255-1121 ext. 5111.

Those who who like to report information anonymously can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or text “TIPLA” plus your tip to 274637. You can also visit