Thomas Fridrich, John Lowe, and Crystal Smith Killed in DUI Crash on Highway 70 in Feather River Canyon, Karen Schwamb Arrested
PLUMAS COUNTY, CA (February 5, 2018) – Three people were killed in a DUI crash on Highway 70 in Feather River Canyon, on Monday just after 2 PM.
According to the California Highway Patrol, 61-year-old Thomas Fridrich of Belden, 46-year-old John Lowe and 40-year-old Crystal Smith of Paradise, were killed in the multiple vehicle collision.
Investigators confirmed that 48-year-old Karen Schwamb of Twain was driving under the influence when she attempted to pass another vehicle in a turn and crossed over the double yellow center line. She hit Fridrich’s oncoming pickup truck almost head-on, and then her SUV started rolling over before crashing into a Kawasaki Motorcycle. The motorcycle was driven by Lowe with Smith as a passenger.
Schwamb sustained major injuries and her passenger, 58-year-old James Timberlake, had minor injuries. Schwamb has been arrested and is facing DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges. She will remain in custody with a bail set to 3 million dollars.
We at Sweet Law Group offer our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Thomas Fridrich, John Lowe, and Crystal Smith. May they rest in peace.
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