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