Midshipman identified after vehicle found in creek at Naval Academy

The U.S. Naval Academy has identified a midshipman who died in a car crash on campus. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Cook-Henderson)

The U.S. Naval Academy has identified a midshipman who died in a car crash on campus. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Cook-Henderson)

The U.S. Naval Academy has identified the midshipman who was found dead underwater after a car crash on campus.

The service academy has identified the victim as Max Allen, 25, of Chesterfield, an oceanography major. He was a member of the Club Soccer Team,  the Italian-American Club and the Japanese-American Club.

Allen attended Virginia Tech for two years before being inducted into the Naval Academy. He was on track to became a Naval flight officer after graduating in May.

“The Naval Academy is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Midshipman Max Allen,” Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller said in a press release. ” 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.”

According to authorities, Allen’s white SUV was discovered Sunday afternoon after someone noticed a piece of a fence missing near College Creek by the Nimitz library.

An Anne Arundel County Fire Department dive team was dispatched to the Naval Academy to search the vehicle, and discovered a body underwater near the seawall.  Allen’s body was recovered from the water Sunday evening.

Authorities do not know when the SUV crashed into the water. They said it could have happened Saturday or early Friday morning.

Navy investigators are looking into the cause and time of crash.

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