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Memorial services planned for crash victims

Accident remains under investigation
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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Plans to remember the three victims of a fatal car crash are in the works at local schools. Folsom and Rocklin high school principals said they are deciding how to honor two students who died over the weekend. Folsom High Principal Kathryn Allaman said Wednesday that a moment of silence will be held for Elijah “E.J.” Shaw at Friday’s playoff game against Del Oro held at Folsom’s field. Allaman added that the school is still finalizing the details of how they will memorialize the 18-year-old senior. Services for Shaw are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Lakeside Church in Folsom. Allaman said students are continuing to sign a memorial poster for Shaw on campus and Wednesday morning she released service information during a tribute to Shaw. “We’re doing the best we can and trying certainly to meet the emotional needs of our students,” Allaman said. Rocklin High School students are also signing posters, gathering donations and flowers to present to the family of 16-year-old junior Nan Hee Pak. Principal Michael Garrison said Wednesday that the school’s choir is planning to pay tribute to Pak at their concert next week. Garrison said high school officials are also planning to recognize Pak at their school’s playoff game Saturday against Grant High School. The game will also be held at Folsom High School’s field. “It hit us as how ironic it is that both of our schools are experiencing such sadness and are pulled together in this unusual way,” Allaman said. A memorial service was held for Pak Wednesday night in Carmichael. Service information for 20-year-old Alex Weast of Citrus Heights, the third victim in the crash, was not available as of press time. Investigation continues California Highway Patrol Placerville officers said Wednesday that the accident remains under investigation. Officer Phillip McCain said that the silver 2006 Subaru Impreza that was destroyed once it hit an oak tree off Salmon Falls Road in Pilot Hill remains in a storage yard at a Placerville towing company. “It’s under impound for evidence,” McCain said. “Evidence impound is limited to specific individuals.” McCain said the only people with access to the vehicle are law enforcement investigators and attorneys, if any. No charges have been filed as a result of the crash. McCain said the “completely destroyed” vehicle had after-market wheels but that was not an indication that the car was modified for street racing. “There’s no indication that it was modified for street racing or exhibition driving,” McCain said. McCain said an inspection of the engine and suspension would be necessary to determine if there was an additional modification made to the vehicle. Officers have not confirmed various media reports with statements from friends indicating that the three passengers and their driver, 20-year-old Mark Barrera of Rocklin, were racing or “drifting” the vehicle that crashed. Drifting occurs when a driver purposefully over-steers the vehicle, which causes the rear tires to lose traction. Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com.