The following letter was sent to Mark Davis, dean of student affairs, Seaver College, Pepperdine University.
On Saturday morning, Sept. 16, at approximately 12:45 a.m., a tragedy occurred in my neighborhood. A speeding car, that apparently had just left a party given by Pepperdine students who rent a house on Ocean View Drive, hit a woman while she was walking her dog, and then continued speeding away from the scene. She was lucky to survive the hit-and-run accident with a broken arm and bruises to her legs, but her beloved Great Dane, Annie, died after suffering from the injuries caused by the uncaring and thoughtless driver.
Needless to say, this woman’s pain and agony continue and will take a long time to heal. I stayed with her to comfort her while the paramedics attended to her, and until her husband returned from work so he could drive her to the hospital, and take her dead dog to Dr. Dean Graulich’s animal care facility. I can attest to the fact that this accident has cut her to the core! The police officers at the scene told us that this accident is a felony offense.
The following morning, in an attempt to identify the driver, I spoke to a Pepperdine senior named Morganna, who lives at the party house and was at the party. She told me that many uninvited people came to the party, and that things did get a little out of control.
For over 16 years, I have lived in Latigo Canyon. This year there are considerably more Pepperdine students living in my neighborhood than ever before. While I will admit that the majority of the students are well-behaved, at some point during the school term, these Pepperdine houses are the scene of wild parties that carry on into the early hours, leaving the neighborhood littered with beer bottles and debris from the night’s festivities. In addition, I have had to flag down students speeding through the neighborhood in their rush to get to classes. Since it is the university’s policy to force the returning upperclassmen to seek housing in the Malibu community, I believe it is the university’s responsibility to control/monitor their behavior and discipline the offenders. This hit-and-run felony accident has pushed me over the top.
I urge you to deal with this as an issue of highest priority. There are a lot of irate homeowners in my neighborhood. We do not live here to be subjected to a “Fraternity Row” type situation.