‘Wellness’ Influencer Identified as Driver in Fatal Malibu Head-On Crash
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‘Wellness’ Influencer Identified as Driver in Fatal Malibu Head-On Crash

The driver of a car that caused a fatal head-on collision in Malibu on July 4 that left a man dead has been identified as a social media influencer with more than 100,000 followers on Instagram.

The fatal crash occurred on a section of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, near Carbon Canyon Road, just after 10 p.m.


According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of a white 2019 Mercedes Benz, now identified as Summer Wheaton, was traveling eastbound when he crossed the center median and collided with a 2020 Cadillac SUV traveling westbound.

“As a result of the collision, the driver of the Cadillac died at the scene as a result of his injuries,” the sheriff’s office said.

Wheaton and a passenger in the Cadillac were also taken to the hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

‘Wellness’ Influencer Identified as Driver in Fatal Malibu Head-On Crash
Fatal accident in Malibu
Fatal accident in Malibu

Wheaton, 32, who at one point was a licensed real estate agent, recently introduced herself as a “founder, speaker and advocate for healthy living,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

After it was determined she was the wrong-way driver in a tragic car accident, the 32-year-old’s Instagram account and personal website, which lists her as CEO of “two innovative startups,” one of which sells healthy snack vending machines, were sealed.

The Times also noted that the fatal accident, which occurred in the 2200 block of PCH, occurred around the same time that Nobu restaurant hosted a party without obtaining “required city permits.”

It was initially unclear whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. The case remains under investigation by the sheriff’s department.