Naval Academy identifies Midshipman found in creek

Officials identified Midshipman First Class Max Allen, 25, of Chesterfield, Va., as the man who died in an SUV crash on Naval Academy grounds over the weekend.

The vehicle was discovered submerged in College Creek Sunday by a person walking by.  Rescue crews responded -- and found the body of the midshipman in the water near the vehicle.

Allen was a senior.

"The Naval Academy is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Midshipman Max Allen. It is painful to lose a member of our Naval Academy family, and as we attempt to better understand this tremendous loss, we offer our deepest condolences to Max's family, close friends, classmates and company mates during this extremely difficult time," said Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller in a release.

Allen was an oceanography major, a member of the 1st Company within the Brigade, a member of the Club Soccer Team and the Italian-American and Japanese-American clubs at the academy, the release states.

The vehicle broke through barriers along McNair Road, next to the Nimitz Library.  It's well-traveled, but over the weekend many midshipmen and faculty had left the grounds because it was a holiday.

“We are working very tirelessly with NCIS and NCIS has a full investigation underway and ongoing right now,” said Cmdr. John Schofield, a spokesman for the Naval Academy.

No one has reported seeing the crash, and no one reported the midshipmen missing before he was found on Sunday.

“The accident most likely took place between Friday night into the early morning hours of Saturday to Sunday when the vehicle was discovered,” Cmdr. Schofield said.

There is no word yet on whether alcohol or drugs were involved; at this point investigators are treating the crash as an accident.

Recent storms have left roads on the grounds icy; but it's too early to say whether that played a role in the crash.

“I can't say, nor can NCIS say at this point say exactly what the conditions were at the time that the vehicle went into the water because we don't know exactly when the vehicle went into the water,” Cmdr. Schofield said.

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