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Woman arrested after head-on crash kills 'beloved' Arvin teacher

Authorities are on scene Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, after a fatal crash on Highway 223 near Highway 58 in Kern County, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

An Arvin High School teacher was killed Monday morning in a head-on crash with a woman who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

The California Highway Patrol said 26-year-old Kylie C. Sluder, of Santa Paula, allowed her eastbound car to cross into the westbound lane on Highway 223, aka Bear Mountain Boulevard, near Highway 58.

Sluder's car slammed into a car driven by a 41-year-old man from Caliente, the CHP said. The Kern High School District identified the man as Scott Demunnik, who taught chemistry for more than 18 years at AHS.

“Mr. Demunnik was a very beloved member of the Arvin high staff with a passion for his students and the Arvin community," Principal Ed Watts said in a news release from the district.

Counselors are on campus to provide grief support for students and staff, the district said.


Sluder, meanwhile, suffered major internal injuries, the CHP said.

“Pretty unfortunate circumstance," Officer Robert Rodriguez said at the scene of the crash.

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