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Victims in deadly Newport Beach crash ID'd

January 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Authorities have released the names of the three victims in Saturday's fatal 10-car pileup in Newport Beach.The accident happened on Pacific Coast Highway and Riverside Avenue in Newport Beach, shutting down part of the road for 10 hours.

Investigators say a speeding Ford Taurus collided with a pickup truck before crashing into other cars and a motorcycle.

The driver of the Taurus was identified as Julia Allen, 27, of Newport Beach.

Christopher De La Cruz, 49, of Laguna Niguel and Linda Burnett, 69, of Santa Ana were in the pickup and also died.

Three others were injured, one critically, but expected to survive.

The crash sent Allen's car into the air and into either other vehicles.

Allen was a standout distance runner who went to Stanford University.

"Super athlete," said Bill Sumner, a friend of Allen. "Probably a better kid than an athlete. Everybody loved her. She didn't have an enemy in the world."