Four Students Fatally Struck In PCH Crash Near Pepperdine

October 18, 2023 ·

MALIBU—On October 17, at approximately 8:30 p.m., there was a fatal traffic accident in the 21600 block of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) near the campus of Pepperdine University. According to authorities, PCH was closed in both directions between Carbon Canyon Road and Las Flores Canyon Road. Law enforcement indicated the road may be closed for an extended period due to the ongoing investigation.

Four women were struck and killed by a car traveling at a high rate of speed. At least three others were injured. The driver has been arrested.

Pepperdine University shared the following details on their website:

“After receiving the tragic news of a fatal accident near the Malibu campus last night, the University has reason to believe the four individuals who were killed on Pacific Coast Highway were Seaver College students. The University is in contact with authorities and will assist with the notifications of family members when appropriate. Our community has experienced a tremendous loss and encourages everyone to prioritize their health and well-being.”

Pepperdine University reminded readers they will not be able to, “share names without official confirmation from local authorities.”

“As our community begins to navigate the profound grief and loss of yesterday’s tragic events, the Hub for Spiritual Life will provide the community opportunities for communal prayer and reflection. Stauffer Chapel will be open today, October 18, from noon to 8 PM and then after The Well. Stauffer Chapel will also be open tomorrow, October 19, from 10 AM to 1 PM, where the University Chaplain and Hub for Spiritual Life staff will be available to provide ministerial care to all who need spiritual support at this time. The Well, which will proceed as scheduled this evening at 8 PM at the Amphitheater, will hold a special night of prayer and worship. All are welcome to pray, reflect, mourn, and share fellowship with one another,” Pepperdine University stated on its website. 

The victims killed in the collision have been identified as seniors Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart, Asha Weir, and Deslyn Williams.

A prayer service will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 10 a.m. for members of the Pepperdine community. Members of the media may not attend in person but are welcome to join the event via Zoom.

By Sharon

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