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Man Whose 13-Year-Old Daughter Was Killed By Reckless Driver Making Documentary About PCH 'Kill Zone'

A November 2011 car crash on PCH. (Photo by spins LPs via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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A film producer whose daughter was killed by a reckless driver on Pacific Coast Highway is hoping to raise enough money via Kickstarter to make a documentary about what he calls "one of the most dangerous highways in America."

On his Kickstarter page, Michael Shane details how his daughter, 13-year-old Emily Rose Shane, died on PCH on April 3, 2010.

As an email promoting the Kickstarter account read:

Michel Shane kissed his daughter Emily goodbye and sent her off to a slumber party. The next afternoon, as she walked alongside the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., to meet him at their designated pickup spot for her ride home, a speeding motorist swerved off the road and struck her, killing her. Emily became yet another victim of a road nicknamed "Blood Alley."
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Shane, an executive producer of Catch Me if You Can and I, Robot, says he hopes his film will help save lives.

"Documentaries have created movements, and in creating the documentary, we will identify workable solutions. I'm hoping Emily's story and the stories of others who have died on Pacific Coast Highway will establish the template for every community cursed with a deadly stretch of highway," says Shane.

Shane writes that PCH is "a top kill-zone for traffic in the United States" and that although Malibu has only 13,000 residents, its accident rate "resembles a city with a population in the hundreds of thousands." And he adds, "The problem is getting worse."

With the film, he wants to expose "obsolete road infrastructure and insufficient traffic regulation" while honoring the memory of his daughter.

The Kickstarter will stay open through Wednesday. It has already exceeded its $35,000 goal.

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