The car crash that killed Anna Luskin spared her younger brother, Danny, who returned home from the hospital Monday afternoon after removal of his spleen. He also suffered a cut in a cheek.
"It was a miracle that he walked away from this so well," their mother, Jan Krinsley, said of Danny's condition in an e-mail to fellow "football parents" at Gunn High School late Monday afternoon. He is a member of the frosh/soph team at Gunn.
"Danny will have full recovery probably sooner than later," she said, responding to an earlier e-mail to parents from football coach Matt McGinn.
Danny is a member of the frosh/soph team.
"We came home this afternoon from the hospital. Danny is up and walking (gingerly but walking nonetheless). The doctor is even hopeful that he will be back at practice in August," Krinsley said.
Anna Rose Luskin, 20, who graduated from Palo Alto High School a year ago, died from injuries sustained in a Wednesday night solo car crash along Highway 101 in Paso Robles as she was returning home from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where she was studying journalism.
An official at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, to which Anna had been transferred after the 8:45 p.m. crash, told the Weekly late Sunday afternoon that Luskin died Thursday night, although the California Highway Patrol said she was pronounced dead at 5:15 p.m. Friday.
Danny was reported in "serious but stable" condition with an injured spleen and a laceration to his face, according to Gunn High School Athletic Direct Matt McGinn. Danny was a frosh/soph football player at Gunn.
"We are all very shocked and saddened by this news. I hope that we can all rally around the Luskin/Krinsley family and offer any support that we can," McGinn said in an e-mail to Gunn football families.
She and her brother were initially taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital.
The CHP told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that Anna was driving northbound at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday when she drifted into the divider, then apparently overcorrected to the right and struck a large oak tree on the edge of the roadway.
Both had a home residence on Farm Hill Boulevard in Redwood City.
Anna was a member of the Paly Voice staff, the school's award-winning Web site. In 2005 she held an internship at the Palo Alto Weekly, during which she wrote several columns, including one about her stressful junior year and another on watching her first real sunset, an assignment when she said she had never really watched a full sunset because "Who would have time for that?"
She and her father, Fred Luskin, a Stanford University professor and author of books on overcoming stress and the power of forgiveness, also wrote a joint father-daughter column.