Driver to stand trial in Paso High grad's car-surfing death

Allison Meadows
Allison Meadows

SANTA BARBARA — A night of drinking and drug use led to a high-speed “car surfing” incident earlier this year that killed a 26-year-old Paso Robles High School graduate and seriously injured her companion, according to CHP officers who testified Tuesday in Santa Barbara County Superior Court.

Those allegations — including many details not previously made public — came out on the third and final day of Lanie Tyrone Richardson’s preliminary hearing. It ended with the 28-year-old Santa Barbara man being ordered to stand trial for second-degree murder and several other felony charges stemming from the death of Allison Meadows, who graduated from Paso Robles High in 2003.

Prosecutors alleged that Richardson, who has a lengthy record of DUI offenses, was under the influence and behind the wheel of an SUV in the early morning hours of June 6 while Meadows and her friend, Lindsay Keebler, 25, were riding on the hood, engaging in a thrill-seeking activity known as car surfing.

With the vehicle traveling in excess of 70 mph, according to CHP estimates, the two women were ejected onto East Valley Road in Montecito.

Meadows died of major head injuries and Keebler was seriously injured in the incident. Read more at »

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