The defendant from Malibu entered a plea of not guilty to the charges of four counts of murder related to a high-speed collision on Pacific Coast Highway that resulted in the tragic deaths of four students from Pepperdine University.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón revealed that 22-year-old Fraser Michael Bohm is also being charged with four counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
According to reports, Bohm was driving at a speed of 104 mph in a 45 mph zone on PCH on October 17th when he lost control and collided with Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart, Asha Weir, and Deslyn Williams. Tragically, the four college seniors lost their lives at the scene of the accident.
After the incident, he was taken into custody but was released a few hours later as the authorities delved into the details of the collision. However, he was later re-arrested and charged with murder.
According to Gascón, the tragic loss of four young individuals could have been avoided if the responsible parties had shown even a modicum of regard for the lives of others. It’s devastating to see lives cut short due to such reckless behavior, especially when these individuals had so much potential and a bright future ahead of them.
According to the DA’s office, Bohm’s bail was initially set at $8 million, but it has now been reduced to $4 million.
If found guilty, he could face several life sentences.
Los Angeles District Attorney, George Gascón, expressed his condolences to the families, loved ones, and Pepperdine University community as they deal with the unbearable pain caused by the recent tragedy. He acknowledged the senseless act that resulted in the loss of four innocent lives and vowed to seek justice for those who were taken too soon.
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