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18-year-old trying to cross PCH on foot is hit, killed

July 3, 2011 |  1:24 pm

An 18-year-old Cypress woman is dead following what authorities called a “horrific tragic accident” Sunday morning when the woman allegedly jaywalked on Pacific Coast Highway and was struck by a car.

Allix Nicole Barz and another 18-year-old friend were attempting to cross PCH near Mussel Cove, north of Dana Point,  shortly after midnight when Barz “basically just stepped out in front of the car,” said Lt. Roland Chacon of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Barz’s friend, who was also crossing, was not hit by the oncoming 2002 Mercedes sport utility vehicle, Chacon said.

A 17-year-old female driving the SUV stopped immediately after the collision and called authorities, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. She and another 17-year-old passenger waited while paramedics arrived at the scene and took Barz to Mission Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The 17-year-old driver was not cited or arrested in the crash, and Chacon said there appeared to be “nothing unusual with the driving, no suspicious circumstances.” Authorities said they were unsure  what Barz and her friend were doing in the area.

-- Ari Bloomekatz