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Victims identified in Plumas County DUI crash that killed 3

Coroners identified Wednesday the three victims killed when a suspected drunken driver hit a SUV head-on causing a motorcycle to crash as well.

Posted: Feb 7, 2018 9:24 AM
Updated: Feb 8, 2018 9:51 AM

Coroners identified Wednesday the three victims killed when a suspected drunken driver hit a SUV head-on causing a motorcycle to crash as well.

According to the CHP, 61-year-old Thomas Fridrich, of Belden; 46-year-old John Lowe and 40-year-old Crystal Smith, both of Paradise, were killed in the wreck. 

The CHP blames a DUI driver for a crash that killed three people on Highway 70, in the Feather River Canyon. It happened just after 2:00 p.m. Monday, just west of the Greenville Wye.

Investigators say 48-year-old Karen Schwamb of Twain was driving under the influence when she tried to pass another vehicle in a turn, crossing over the double yellow center line.

The report says she hit Fridrich's oncoming pickup truck almost head on, and then her SUV started rolling over before colliding with a Kawasaki Motorcycle, driven by Lowe with Smith as a passenger. 

Schwamb, received major injuries, her passenger 58-year-old James Timberlake had minor injuries. Schwamb now faces DUI and manslaughter charges.

Schwamb will remain in custody with a bail set a t 3 million dollars. 

The photo associated with this article comes courtesy of Plumas County News.

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