4 Pepperdine students killed in Malibu collision by speeding BMW driver: officials
Four Pepperdine University students were killed and two others were injured after being struck by a speeding BMW in Malibu, California. The victims were identified as Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart, Asha Weir, and Deslyn Williams. The driver of the BMW, 22-year-old Fraser Michael Bohm, lost control of the vehicle and hit three parked cars, which then struck the students. Bohm was arrested for vehicular manslaughter and released pending the outcome of the investigation. The incident occurred on a dangerous stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway known as "Dead Man's Curve."
Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus recently provided an update on a tragic incident that occurred in Malibu, California. According to authorities, a speeding BMW allegedly caused the death of four Pepperdine University seniors who were walking along the Pacific Coast Highway on Tuesday night. The victims have been identified as Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart, Asha Weir, and Deslyn Williams, all students at Seaver College School of the Arts.
Pepperdine's president, Jim Gash, expressed his condolences to the friends and loved ones of the victims, stating that he shares in their grief and loss. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department held a press conference where they revealed that the four students were killed, and two others were injured when the driver of the BMW, 22-year-old Fraser Michael Bohm, lost control of his vehicle.
Bohm swerved onto the shoulder of the road, colliding with three parked vehicles, which then struck the four students. Tragically, the women were pronounced dead at the scene. Bohm was arrested for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and has been released pending further investigation. Authorities are also conducting a DUI probe. It is worth noting that Bohm sustained minor injuries in the collision.
This devastating incident took place on a notorious stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway known as "Dead Man's Curve" due to the high number of accidents that occur there. Niamh Rolston, a business major set to graduate in 2024, was a Los Angeles native. Peyton Stewart, who was pursuing a degree in business and held the position of vice president of finance at Alpha Phi, was also among the victims. Asha Weir, an executive administrator of Alpha Phi studying English, hailed from Harleysville, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, we were unable to verify the professional profile of Deslyn Williams.
According to the Santa Monica Observer, the four students who lost their lives were sorority sisters, with three of them being roommates. Alpha Phi has not yet responded to requests for comment. In the face of this tragedy, President Gash reminded everyone of the mystery surrounding the brevity of life and the importance of holding onto faith during times of profound loss.
This heartbreaking incident serves as a reminder of the fragility of life and the need for caution on the roads. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident is ongoing, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends affected by this devastating event.