A tragic crash in Malibu, California, claimed the lives of four college students and left two others injured. The incident occurred on Tuesday around 8:30 p.m. along Pacific Coast Highway, approximately 4 miles east of Pepperdine University. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported that the pedestrians were struck by a 22-year-old driver. Four women were pronounced dead at the scene, while two individuals were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Pepperdine University’s president, Jim Gash, confirmed that the four students killed in the crash were Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart, Asha Weir, and Deslyn Williams. They were all seniors at the university.
The male driver has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. According to sheriff’s Sgt. Maria Navarro, investigators believe the driver was traveling at a high speed in a westbound BMW when he lost control. The vehicle sideswiped at least three parked cars before crashing into the group of pedestrians.
The stretch of Pacific Coast Highway where the incident occurred is a five-lane road lined with homes, some of which are built close to the traffic lanes. Sidewalks are intermittent, and the paved shoulder is marked by a white line for parking. The speed limit in the area is 45 mph.
The university expressed its condolences and announced a campus prayer service for the victims scheduled for Thursday morning. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, and further details are awaited.