A 22-year-old driver who lost control of his BMW in Malibu, California, last week on a dangerous stretch of road. Pacific Coast Highway, killing four Pepperdine University seniors, has been charged with murder, officials said.
Fraser Bohm was arrested Tuesday on four counts of murder for the deaths of sorority sisters Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart, Asha Weir and Deslyn Williams. His bail was set at $8 million, records show.
The Seaver College School of the Arts students were killed around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 when Bohm allegedly speeded on a section of the iconic highway known as “Dead Man’s Curve.” Bohm had turned 22 the day before.
He swerved onto the shoulder, hitting three parked vehicles, which then hit the four young women walking nearby, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said after the crash.
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The women, who were all members of Alpha Phi, were pronounced dead at the scene, about four miles north of the university. Two other victims were injured.
A local media outlet captured footage of an investigator administering a sobriety test to Bohm, who emerged from his mangled BMW unharmed. Authorities have not released the test results.
Bohm, who was a star baseball player at Oaks Christian School, was initially arrested after the collision on charges of manslaughter, but the charges were dropped to “give detectives time to gather the evidence needed to obtain “strongest criminal complaint and conviction,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Detectives have only 48 hours to present evidence to the prosecutor’s office to support the charges, the release explained.
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“In this specific case, the evidence, including toxicological, speed analysis, execution of search warrants, etc., was still pending and took longer to collect,” according to the release.
Bohm comes from a wealthy family that owns an $8.7 million Malibu estate with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, near the crash site. It’s unclear what Bohm has been up to since graduating from high school.
Pepperdine President Jim Gash offered his condolences to the four murdered students, who were scheduled to graduate this spring.
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“Indeed, one of life’s greatest mysteries is when and why our time on this earth is cut short,” Gash said in his statement. “In such times, we stand firm in our faith in the God who sustains and nourishes us even when – and especially when – we experience life’s greatest losses. »
Rolston, 20, a Los Angeles native, and Stewart, 21, were business students at Pepperdine, according to their LinkedIn profiles. Rolston was also a talented gymnast and Stewart was vice president of finance at Alpha Phi.
Weir, 21, of Harleysville, Pa., was pursuing a degree in English and was the executive administrator of Alpha Phi.
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Williams, 21, was a native of Atlanta, where she had attended St. Pius Catholic School.
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“To the students who loved, lived with, and were in community with the deceased members of our Pepperdine family, my heart is broken with yours,” Gash said in the statement.
Bohm is due back in court Wednesday. The investigation is ongoing.
The Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station is urging anyone with information to contact the Traffic Investigation Bureau at 818-878-1808. Tips can also be provided anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.