Update: Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister is charging Karen Schwamb, 48, of Twain with three counts of murder, and one count of felony driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and causing injury with a prior conviction. The charges stem from the Feb. 5 collision in the Feather River Canyon that resulted in the deaths of Thomas Fridrich, of Belden, as well as John Lowe and his fiancee, Crystal Smith, of Paradise. Schwamb’s Feb. 7 arraignment was continued to Friday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. She is being held on $3 million bail in the Plumas County jail.
Update: Karen Schwamb was rebooked at the Plumas County jail on three counts of murder Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 6, with bail set at $3 million. She is due to be arraigned in Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 7.
Twain resident Karen Schwamb, 48, sustained major injuries in a crash that killed three people Monday, Feb. 5 at 2:19 p.m. She was hospitalized at Plumas District Hospital and was arrested and charged with driving under the influence causing fatal injuries and manslaughter. Allegedly Schwamb was driving a 2017 Subaru Outback eastbound on Highway 70 at 80 mph when she tried to pass a pickup. She passed over double yellow lines and on a curve. Photo by Victoria Metcalf