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Malibu triathlon slightly delayed by fatal Ferrari crash on PCH

September 18, 2011 | 10:19 am

A triathlon in Malibu was not seriously disrupted by the closure of Pacific Coast Highway for several hours Sunday morning after a Ferrari crashed into a power pole, killing one of the car's occupants.

The Nautica Malibu Triathlon, a fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Research Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, celebrated its 25th anniversary this weekend. Registration began in the early hours of the morning, while PCH was still closed from Sunset Boulevard to Coastline Drive.

Triathlon spokeswoman Sabina Gault said many participants had to take a detour, but the 7:15 a.m. race start was delayed by only about 10 minutes.

"Because it was a Sunday and because it was so early in the morning, people were able to jump on Sunset and the 405," she said.

One man died and another was critically injured after the Ferrari crashed into a power pole on PCH north of Sunset at about 1:27 a.m. The car split in half and fell to the beach 30 feet below the road and both men were ejected, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Police had not released the name of the victim, who was the car's passenger.

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