A speeding teenage driver caused a fatal collision last year that killed a former Corona del Mar High School cheerleading coach along with three others, according to a recently released California Highway Patrol investigation report.
Wendy Rice perished in the fiery Aug. 8, 2010, crash outside Bishop when her van was hit by a driver who lost control of an SUV.
Rice, 35, was the cheerleading director, coach and choreographer at CdM from 2001-08.
While driving at least 85 mph, Natalie Nield, 17, of Carlsbad swerved toward the southbound shoulder of Highway 395 to avoid a big rig passing another truck, according to CHP Officer Dennis Cleland.
The report states that Nield's Ford Expedition then spun out of control, crossed the southbound lanes, flipped over and caught fire when it hit the center divider. It rolled into the northbound lanes and struck Rice's Ford E350 van. A Subaru Legacy later ran into the wreckage.