ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The Conor Lynch Foundation, a non-profit 501(C)(3) corporation, has been established to support new and existing programs that raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and promote the safety of runners, pedestrians, cyclists and young drivers. Distracted driving includes texting, eating, using your phone, changing your radio station or interacting with passengers while driving; anything that takes your eyes off the road, challenges your cognitive abilities and slows reaction times, is a distraction and a danger. Your donations help support diversified road safety programs and events such as safety fairs and the Annual 5K Run/Walk In Honor Of Conor. All donations are used to ensure that no family suffers a loss like this again and as a community get closer to Super Safe Streets for everyone.
ABOUT CONOR LYNCH
On October 19, 2010, while training with his high school cross country team, Conor Lynch was killed by a distracted, unlicensed, hit-and-run driver. He was 16 years old. The woman who killed him was 18 years old. Coincidentally, this tragedy occurred during National Teen Safe Driving Week.
Born August 19, 1994 in Los Angeles, Conor was the eldest son of Mark Lynch, partner of Cypress LLP in Los Angeles and Jeri Dye Lynch, CEO and President of Pinecrest Schools, a family owned multi-campus chain of private schools with locations in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Conor attended Pinecrest Schools in Van Nuys from 18 months to 8th grade, and was a junior at Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks at the time of his passing. He is remembered by teachers and classmates as an excellent student, team player and friend. In summers past he had been a camp counselor, lifeguard and swim instructor for Pinecrest Schools where the younger children fondly remember him as “Coach Conor”. He also worked at the Sherman Oaks Little League snack bar, which has been renamed in his honor. He enjoyed working with children and they in turn looked up to him as a role model and “big brother.”
Not just a runner, Conor was a triathlete as well as an accomplished skier, surfer and basketball player. As a child, he was a Cub Scout and played AYSO soccer, club basketball and Sherman Oaks Little League Baseball. He also played tackle football with the South Valley Raiders and freshman football at Notre Dame High School. He competed in the Hansen Dam Triathlon and the Pacific Triathlon. Just two days before his passing, he and a friend biked from Sherman Oaks to Santa Monica, as he often liked to do.
A creative person with unique and thoughtful ideas, Conor was never afraid to express his opinion. He loved to travel and had already seen more of the world than most people see in a lifetime. To all who knew him, Conor was an avid learner with the grades to prove it. He enjoyed learning about different cultures, geography and people and was a peer Spanish tutor in high school. He was inquisitive and articulate and had a wonderful dry sense of humor. He loved The History Channel and enjoyed arguing conspiracy theories with his brothers.
In addition to his parents, Conor is survived by his younger brothers Riley and Parker who remember him as the finest and most protective big brother they could have had. He will be forever missed by his grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is also remembered by the close knit “families” of Pinecrest Schools, Notre Dame High School, the Mission League of Southern California High Schools and the entire cross country running community who have reached out to Conor’s family from all over the country.
Although Conor is gone too soon, we are comforted by the knowledge that he lived life to the absolute fullest, and that his passing has touched – and will continue to influence - thousands of people.
ABOUT JERI DYE LYNCH
President, Conor Lynch Foundation
President, Pinecrest Schools
Mother and Distracted Driver Advocate
Lawyer, California State Bar 1986
Jeri Dye Lynch, President and Founder of the Conor Lynch Foundation, became a pedestrian and driver safety advocate in 2010 after her 16 year old son, Conor, was killed by a distracted driver on October 19, 2010. He was training with his high school’s cross country track team. Since Conor’s untimely death, Jeri has advocated both locally and nationally to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. The Conor Lynch Foundation partners and works with many other groups promoting street safety and Jeri actively participates in the Steering Committee for LA Walks and the Advisory Committee for We Save Lives. Jeri was also an honored recipient of the 25th Anniversary 2015 Pioneer Women Awards, for being a woman of influence, leading the way in making the streets of Los Angeles a better place for everyone.
A graduate of USC and Southwestern Law School, Jeri was a practicing litigator from 1986-2001 and is currently the President of her family’s private school business, Pinecrest Schools, which has been operating for over 62 years.
In addition to Conor, Jeri is the mother of two other sons. Riley, who is embarking on his second year at the University of San Francisco, and Parker, a recent graduate of Notre Dame High School and attending Fordham University in the Fall. There is no doubt Conor is very proud of the fine men his brothers have grown into.