Despite the Deaths of Four Students, Pepperdine Alumni Continues Car Events Causing PCH Road Hazards and Dangerous Driving Conditions
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Despite the Deaths of Four Students, Pepperdine Alumni Continues Car Events Causing PCH Road Hazards and Dangerous Driving Conditions

Despite the tragic deaths of four Pepperdine Students by a speeding motorist last year, a Pepperdine alumni, Jacob Roy Szarzynski, continues to hold high profile luxury racing car events in Pacific Palisades and Malibu resulting in increased road hazards and dangerous driving conditions on PCH.

Szarzynski, CEO of Malibu Autobahn, graduated with an economics degree from Pepperdine in 2017 and started the “Southern California based automotive brand that is known for its unique events, Hollywood picture cars, apparel collections and other ventures in the automotive world” in 2015 while attending the University.

On October 17th, 2023, four Pepperdine students where killed when Fraser Bohm, 21 of Malibu, was speeding on PCH when his vehicle spun out of control colliding with three other vehicles killing Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart, Asha Weir and Deslyn Williams, all seniors at Pepperdine’s Seaver College of Liberal Arts. Bohm admitted to deputies he was texting at the time of the crash. Multiple witnesses saw racing occurring shortly before the deadly crash.

Despite the tragic deaths of the four young women and increased law enforcement presence as a result, Szarzynski continues to highly-publicize the events drawing hundreds of car enthusiasts creating increased hazardous road conditions as they speed on PCH and through the canyons.

On April 7th, the driver of a McLaren leaving the Malibu Autobahn “Coffee and Cars on the Coast” event crashed into several parked cars narrowly missing bystanders and an officer on a motor patrol on PCH in Pacific Palisades.

According to witnesses, the driver was not only unapologetic, he also attempted to flee the scene.

Szarzynski announced the latest event on his Instagram page scheduled for May 26th, over the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend. The event, called “The Odyssey” will “begin and end …as a massive group of supercars, classics, performance imports and other unique vehicles.

The Malibu Daily News spoke with Captain Denis Ford of CHP West Valley who assured us officers “will be in the area doing everything they can to promote safety on PCH”.




May 22, 2024

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