Pacific Coast Highway Takes 4 Mores Lives: Pepperdine Students Perish in Late Night Crash

Pacific Coast Highway Takes 4 Mores Lives Pepperdine Students Perish in Late Night Crash
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A Sat­ur­day night out turned trag­ic for four female Pep­per­dine Uni­ver­si­ty seniors when a speed­ing dri­ver lost con­trol and careened into their group. The stu­dents were meet­ing friends along a stretch of Pacif­ic Coast High­way (PCH) in Mal­ibu known to locals as a “dead man’s curve” due to fre­quent high-speed collisions.

Just after 8:30 p.m., Fras­er Bohm drove his car over the 45 mph speed lim­it com­mon on the wind­ing coastal road. He swerved toward the shoul­der, col­lid­ing with three parked vehi­cles before strik­ing the young women. All four suf­fered fatal injuries at the scene.

Author­i­ties accuse Bohm, 22, of “vehic­u­lar manslaugh­ter with gross neg­li­gence.” Released pend­ing fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tion, he now faces charges. Though sus­tain­ing only minor wounds, the emo­tion­al scars will like­ly last much longer for all involved.

Capt. Jen­nifer See­too of the Los Ange­les Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Depart­ment com­ment­ed that speed­ing tops the list of caus­es for PCH acci­dents. With Pep­per­dine just four miles away, the iso­lat­ed area sees many stu­dents social­iz­ing along the scenic byway’s shoul­der. But parked or walk­ing, they remain vul­ner­a­ble tar­gets for inat­ten­tive dri­vers on the dark 55 mph route.

The Uni­ver­si­ty mourns the irre­place­able loss­es of seniors Niamh Rol­ston, Pey­ton Stew­art, Asha Weir and Deslyn Williams. Cut down before achiev­ing their dreams, the gift­ed young women left an empti­ness in the tight-knit Pep­per­dine com­mu­ni­ty. Coun­selors strive to soothe shat­tered hearts as ques­tions linger over what might have been.

Will grad­u­at­ed dri­ving pro­grams and low­er speed lim­its save future lives on the treach­er­ous PCH? As four fam­i­lies grieve, pres­sure mounts for offi­cials to take action on Mal­ibu’s dead­ly coastal corridor.

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