The driver accused of killing four Pepperdine University students in a crash in Malibu, California, last week has been re-arrested, this time on four counts of murder.
Fraser Michael Bohm, 22, of Malibu, was initially arrested on a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter following the Oct. 17 crash in the 21600 block of Pacific Coast Highway. He was released “to allow detectives time to gather the evidence needed to secure the strongest criminal filing and conviction.”
Bohm had lost control of his sedan and crashed into three parked vehicles the women were standing between, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said at the time. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
Pepperdine University identified them as seniors Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart, Asha Weir and Deslyn Williams.
In an update Tuesday, the sheriff’s department said the driver was arrested on the four murder counts after investigators collected toxicology results, search warrants, a speed analysis and other evidence. Bail was set at $8 million.
Bohm is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s department. It’s not immediately clear if he has an attorney.
Pepperdine’s main campus overlooks Pacific Coast Highway, which sheriff’s Capt. Jennifer Seetoo called “deadly” last week because people tend to drive recklessly on it.
“The leading cause of collisions on PCH by far is speed,” she said. “It is a town — it is a college town.”
Pepperdine President Jim Gash said in a letter to the campus community that the students brought “joy and light to our campus.” Connie Horton, vice president for student affairs, added the students brought a “unique gift and spirit” to the school.
A memorial service was held for the victims over the weekend.
“Peyton, Asha, Niamh and Deslyn were our best friends. They were everything,” Pepperdine student Aubrey Lewis said, according to NBC Los Angeles. Speaking of Deslyn, she said, “Making others smile made her smile.”
“She was joy, everyone’s best hype woman.”