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Track star involved in fatal high-speed crash had been taking antipsychotic drugs, report says

June 6, 2011 |  4:48 pm

A former Corona del Mar High School track star who died in a high-speed crash that killed two other people along Mariners Mile earlier this year had been taking antipsychotic drugs, according to a toxicology report released Monday.

Olanzapine and quetiapine, drugs prescribed for manic depression and schizophrenia, were found in the body of Julia "Julie" Allen, according to the Orange County coroner's report.

The report stated that Allen suffered from bipolar disorder, which can cause manic and depressive states, but there was no reference to schizophrenia.

The drugs Allen was taking can cause drowsiness and other side effects, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, but it was unclear from an initial reading of the report what type of effects the drugs may have had on Allen's ability to drive, if any.

It was also unclear from the report if the drugs were simply found in her system or if she had been taking them in the hours before the crash.

The post-mortem screening did not find alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, opiates or other drugs in Allen's system.

Read the full story here.

--Lauren Williams, Times Community News

Photo: Corona del Mar High athlete: Julie Allen is seen here as the Daily Pilot's athlete of the week in the spring of 2002. (Times Community News/ June 6, 2011)

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