Former Corona del Mar High School cheerleading coach Wendy Rice was one of three people killed in a fiery car crash south of Bishop that left about a dozen other victims hospitalized, authorities said Tuesday. She was 35.
About 8:24 p.m. Monday, a 2004 Ford Expedition carrying five people lost control on the southbound Highway 395 about five miles south of Bishop in the Owens Valley, rolling over the center divider and slamming into Rice's 2009 Ford Econoline van. The SUV caught fire and burned.
Rice had been the cheerleading director, coach and choreographer at CdM from 2001-08 and moved on to lead the squad at Riverside's California Baptist University in fall 2008.
She had led the CdM squad to winning the Cheerleaders of America West Coast Open Championship, the U.S. Spiritleaders National Championship and the Universal Cheerleaders Assn. West Coast Championship.
She also led the squad to second place in nationals.