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Arrests in Fatal Chatsworth Hit and Run

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A father and daughter were arrested Tuesday in connection with the death of 17-year-old German Alex Romero, a Chatsworth High School senior who starred in soccer.

Dominique Rush, 23, of Oxnard was booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run, according to LAPD officer Karen Rayner. She was being held on $100,000 bail.

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The victim, German Alex Romero, was a gifted teenage soccer player. Police say the driver, another teen, eluded police with the help of her father (Published Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011)

Rush's father, Steven Rush, 44, of Porter Ranch, was also arrested for allegedly helping his daughter conceal the crime, Rayner said

"The father went way beyond taking care of his child," said Capt. Ivan Minsal of LAPD Valley Traffic Division. "He concealed the information. He concealed the car that his daughter, the driver, was driving."

Romero was killed on April 20 after being struck by a 2003 Toyota Corolla while riding his bike with a friend on De Soto Avenue near Valerio Street, police said.  The friend was not injured.

Romero's aunt, Liz Fuentes, attended a late Tuesday afternoon news conference, where the arrests were announced.

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"They must have been so overwhelmed with their own emotions," said Fuentes. "Because it is a tragedy to them, I hope. They have no idea what they have taken away from us."

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