Teen Fatally Struck While Trying To Dash Across PCH

DANA POINT (CBS) — An 18-year-old woman from Cypress was killed Sunday after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the Pacific Coast Highway, an Orange County sheriff’s lieutenant said.

Sheriff’s Lt. Lloyd Downing says the accident took place on the PCH just south of Crown Valley Parkway around midnight.

Supervising Deputy Coroner Larry Esslinger said the victim was identified as Allix Barz.

According to authorities, Barz was with a friend when she tried to dash across the busy coastal route and was struck by a 2002 Mercedes SUV driven by a 17-year-old boy. Her friend was uninjured.

It was not yet known who is at fault, but alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident, Downing said.

PCH was temporarily closed between Crown Valley and Ritz Carlton Drive to accommodate the investigation.

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  • James

    No sympathy at all. Stop doing stupid things that endanger your lives but the lives of others as well

    • Chris

      I agree! That’s what cross walks are for……actually two are at fault…I know that stretch of PCH and it’s basically a speed zone, and I mean high speed! So for one the driver of the SUV and the girl who was probably crossing while sending a text or was NOT watching for traffic. I’ve seen people just walk across a busy road thinking that they are being seen and also they think the drivers will actually stop for them….Pay attention to the damn road! Pedestrians, pay attention when you are crossing! Stop being ignorant!

    • jj

      You are right to a certain extent. We need to be careful with the choices we make. Nonetheless, we have all had our share of inept moments such as speeding up when we see that orange light or going at regular speed despite the weather conditions. It happens to the best of us, mostly during those moments that we become prisoners of our clocks or watches. When we think that job interview is more important than our lives, and the 2 minutes we will save are all worth the risk. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t. Point being, it is HIGHLY likely that you’ve been guilty of your own choices. Think about it, and most important don’t feel like you have the right to judge other’s without judging your ownself.

    • Dominick Dale Damaso

      Dude I feel the same way. Do people don’t look before they cross the street these days? Not even for a little jaywalk? lol

  • john

    James, I’m sure you have never j walked, but hopefully when tragedy befalls you people show you the same respect that you’ve shown both the driver and the dead young woman in this article

    • Astrid

      I agree with James no sympathy at all dumb teen she was bullet proof. Their is a reason why j walking is against the law.

  • John Cendez

    I’m with James on this one. Follow directions and do the right thing. Life is so much better and the drama factor is minimal. For some reason the name Darwin keeps popping into my head………

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  • Trisha

    I’m totally with James too!! Condolences to the family but don’t be an idiot! Use the cross walk!! It’s there for a reason!!

  • NYU 1232

    James and Astrid, no one needs your sympathy. Typical yahoos that judge others while failing to see their own faults.

    • Mike

      If someone makes an idiotic decision that leads to their own demise, they leave themselves open to judgement

  • Robert Yaffe

    Why does the writer need to to mention alcohol was not present .Am a retired officer there is no need for that comment un professional ,and Now we have two victims the dealth of the girl and also the driver .What a sad day this is .Writers kept your personally comments to yourself

    • Shiggity

      Robert I highly doubt you were ever an officer. You have to be able to at least write on a 10th grade level before getting hired.

  • jj

    They need to update this story and be more elaborate. Here are more details:

    Authorities say an 18-year-old woman was killed when she ran across Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County and was struck by a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old girl. Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Lloyd Downing said Sunday the accident happened around midnight on PCH just south of Crown Valley Parkway in Dana Point.City News Service reports the driver was in a 2002 Mercedes SUV with a 17-year-old boy.

    Hope this extra little details help.

    • Shiggity

      YAWNNNN. Reporter reject? Sorry you didn’t get the job…..

      • jj

        Nah, just wanted to add a little correction to the story. Looks like someone is bored? ;)

  • corvie62

    My heart and condolences go out to the 17 year old driver that will have to live with this the rest of his life. We were taught as children to stop and look both ways to make sure it was clear prior to ever stepping out into a street. Now it is always the drivers fault and the pedestrians just walk out while looking straight ahead. I assume they think (?) if I don’t look and see a car then they have to stop, because I have “The Right of Way” and they can’t hit me. I cannot imagine the mental anguish a driver has to live with forever of hitting someone. Driving is tough. You have to constantly be watching all the other cars, and keeping alert for people who just walk out in front of you. I know I have been there, but luckily I was able to slam on my binders and stop.

  • Shiggity

    Tough way to learn a lesson. RIP young lady. Typical story of Californians. Me first me first me first.

    • K

      She was not me first, me first, me first, oh yeah right typical Californians, you did not know her so keep your ugly creepy comments to your ugly creepy self, she was a lovely girl, who has a family and alot of friends who are very upset, be careful what you say keep your opions to your ugly creepy self, PIG

  • sorry 4 ur loss

    Rest in peace. Her life is over before it really even began. Deepest sympathy to her family. Sometimes when you’re young you make mistakes and unfortunately they can be costly and can’t be undone. Sad.

  • Primetime Editorials

    i told jenny not to smoke crack and cross the highway
    she never listens

  • GrowUp

    You people are so insensitive regarding a life. When your child, parent or just a loved one has a tragic accident or incident, think about your comments you made on here, while hiding behind a computer. I’m sure your friends and family members don’t realize how immature you are.

    • Mike

      If I ever had a family member who was killed in the same manner, yes, I’d be devastated, but I’d also be thinking “Why in the hell did they make such a moronic mistake?”

      I hope the God that all of my family members are smarter than this

  • Sneg

    Wow can’t believe how rude some of you are.
    Allix was an amazing person. The nicest person I’ve ever met.
    Please show some respect for someone with a loving family and friends.
    I love you allix<3

  • LK

    you people are awful Allix was the sweetest girl ever. like none of you ever jaywalked . dont be so quick to judge there are friends and family grieving myself included.

    • Chris

      Jaywalked? Me? around Midnight? across PCH??? PCH in that area is like the freeway..speeds are over 60MPH……NO I cant say I have ever Jaywalked across something like that….And as far as us not being sensitive to the situation…..Yes it’s sad a life was killed….yes it’s sad for the driver who will have this on his mind forever…but this would never have happened if the person crossing used common sense which a lot of people these days are losing. I have a right to judge because I have worked hard at being safe…I follow the rules and I have common sense!

  • LK

    i understand what your trying to say but the rude comments from others are completely unnecessary.

  • am

    “i carry a big heart that never hates & a big smile that never, ever fades… I breathe color & strive for happiness. I’m a little pink, glittery girl, living a care free , happy life style, with big ideas and great dreams. I’m just trying to change my pink , blue & seafoam green world for the better, one sparkly sequin at a time.” – words of Allix Barz, describing herself.

    honestly , think before you judge. Some people are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Keep your rude comments to yourself… I know everyone is entitled to their opinion, but “i learned in kindergarten, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” those are also words by allix. Rest in paradise babygirl, <3

    • Kevin

      Critical and harsh does not equal rude. “Wrong place at the wrong time”? No, this kid put herself in a position to get killed when she decided to run across a highway.

      If I ever lost a family member this way, I’d sure as hell by questioning why they didn’t use common sense

    • SR

      AM – This description is beautiful thank you for sharing. Its sad that those big ideas and great dreams were put to an immediate halt. She was a talented artist – I like to believe that she became her art, she was truly colorful in many ways.

  • am

    harsh equals rude… You make it sound like it was a death wish. All I ask is that you have a little respect for her friends and family. You think we don’t question this as well? You think that the thought of by avoiding this, shed still be here with us? Lets face it, everyone jaywalks… She just jaywalked across the wrong street, at the wrong time. Going on a rant about how stupid she is doesn’t make you the smarter person, in fact- a person with common sense would just say I’m sorry for your lost. Stop being hypocritical, & rude. Before you judge others, look in the mirror at yourself & try to find the good in you. Until then, stop trash talking my friend, because from the looks of this she was a better person than you will ever be.

  • anon

    Two words…

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