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Collision on Pacific Coast Highway Claims Lives of Four Students

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On the night of October 17, 2023, an accident on Malibu’s Pacific Coast Highway led to the death of four Pepperdine University senior students.

Fraser Michael Bohm, 22, lost control of his BMW around 8:30 pm close to a region of the highway referred to as “Dead Man’s Curve.” His vehicle crashed into several parked cars and then hit students who were walking nearby.

The students who lost their lives were Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart, Asha Weir, and Deslyn Williams, as confirmed by the university. They were all declared dead on-site. Two additional individuals sustained injuries and required medical attention, but their current state is yet to be made public.

After the crash, onlookers detained Bohm, who was uninjured, until the police arrived.

Upon investigation, Bohm was taken into custody on charges related to vehicular manslaughter. He was later released due to a lack of sufficient evidence supporting the claims.

The ongoing probe is examining potential contributing factors, including the possibility of speeding or distraction from a mobile phone. Investigators have confirmed that neither alcohol nor drugs played a role in the accident.

The impact of this incident has been deeply felt at Pepperdine University. President Jim Gash expressed his condolences, noting the profound loss felt by the student community.

To offer support, a prayer service was held the following Thursday at 10 a.m. for the affected students and faculty. Preparations are being made to organize memorial services for the students who passed away, with President Gash emphasizing the community’s intent to come together and honor their lives.

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