|Julie Allen. Courtesy Stanford University|
January 17, 2011
Newport Beach, CA
More and more details are emerging regarding this weekends deadly crash along PCH in the OC, and it appears that a former star high school and Stanford University athlete may have caused the situation.
The investigation into that horrific and grizzly 10 car accident on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach on Saturday is now focused on the vehicle that was driven by Julia "Julie" Allen, according to both law enforcement and in an article in today's LA TIMES.
I have been sent numerous emails during the past two days from people claiming to be friends and past acquittance's with Allen, who according to records with the Orange County Coroners Office was 28 years old and a resident of Newport Beach.
|Location of accident. Google Maps.|
We now know that Allen was a past standout high school and college athlete.
Several eyewitnesses to the crash (including many of my readers) say that the Ford Taurus Allen was driving down PCH at Riverside Drive was going at a high rate of speed, perhaps as much as 100 miles per hour when she collided with at least 10 other vehicles.
Allen was killed instantly as was Christopher De La Cruz, 49, of Laguna Niguel and Linda Burnett, 69, of Santa Ana. At least three others suffered injuries and one of them remains in critical condition at a local hospital.
According to the Stanford University Athletic Department web site, Allen was one of the best track and cross country runners for the Cardinal when she attended their during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. She is still listed as a "Red Shirt" Senior on the campus website.
She "red shirted" (meaning when a student athlete takes a year or two years off from competition due to medical, injury or scholastic ineligibility) in 2003.
The investigation continues. Several toxicology tests are being conducted. Not sure if drugs or alcohol played any role in this incident.
Here is more about the high school and college careers of Julie Allen:
Red Shirt SeniorImage via Wikipedia
Newport Beach, CA
Corona Del Mar High School
Goal was to make a huge contribution to Stanford's success at the Pac-10 and NCAA level after a productive freshman season in both cross country and track.
2004 Cross Country Season (Freshman): Produced three Top-10 finishes in five races ... Finished third at the Pre-NCAA's Open, fourth at the Stanford Invitational and ninth at the USF Invitational ... Competed at the Pac-10 Championship to help Stanford win the team title.
2003 Cross Country Season: Redshirted. Did not compete.
Image via Wikipedia2005 Track & Field Season (Sophomore): A versatile athlete who competed in three events, the 1500 meters, the 5000 meters and the 10,0000 meters ... Produced a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 34:36.97 in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational.
2004 Track & Field Season (Freshman): Ran a Pac-10 qualifying time of 4:39.85 in the 1500 meters at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational ... Finished third in the 5000 meters at the Big Meet with a Pac-10 qualifying time of 17:17.21.
CORONA DEL MAR High School:
Finished 11th at the Footlocker National Finals in 2001.
Third at the Footlocker West Regional Championships.
Second at the California State Cross Country Championships.
Ran one of the top two-mile times in the nation as a senior in 2002.
A 2005 Pacific-10 All-Academic track & field selection
Parents: John and Leslee Allen
Information on funeral services for the victims have not been made public. More details to come.
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