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Woman suspected of driving car that killed Arvin High School teacher booked into jail

Arvin High School teacher, Scott Demunnik, killed
Posted at 7:58 AM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-11 13:57:08-05

UPDATE (December 11, 2017 10:00 a.m.): 26-year-old Kylie Cathleen Sluder, the woman who allegedly drove the car that collided and killed Arvin High School teacher, Scott Demunnik, has been booked into jail on six felonies and two misdemeanors. 

Sluder was booked on felony charges including driving under the influence of a drug causing bodily injury, taking a vehicle without the consent of the owner, being under the influence of a specific controlled substance as well as possessing a firearm, receiving known stolen property, and carrying a concealed weapon in the vehicle and for felony conduct. 

Sluder was also booked on two misdemeanor charges including being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

Sluder has been booked into the Central Receiving Facility and her bail has been set at $157,500. 


UPDATE (12/5 12:50p): CHP has confirmed the car Kylie Sluder was driving was reported stolen. 

Drug paraphernalia was also found inside the vehicle. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. 

A blood test was taken, but CHP has not received the results of that test.  


UPDATE (12/4, 3:40 p.m.): An Arvin High School teacher died Monday morning in a suspected DUI  crash near National Cemetery, according to the Kern County High School District.

On Dec. 4 just after 7:30 a.m., California Highway Patrol responded to a head-on collision with major injuries on Highway 223, west of Highway 58 and National Cemetery. 

  KHSD confirmed with 23ABC that Arvin High School teacher, Scott Demunnik, died in the crash.

CHP said Kylie Sluder, of Santa Paula, Calif., was driving a Toyota Prius on eastbound Highway 223 when she drifted into the westbound lane. Her car collided head-on with a Dodge Stratus that Demunnik, 41, was driving. 

Sluder, 26, was taken to Kern Medical for major internal injuries.

According to CHP, Sluder was arrested for felony driving under the influence of drugs causing injury or death. 

Demunnik was pronounced dead at the scene. He was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt, according to CHP.

KHSD said Demunnik was a chemistry teacher at Arvin High for over 18 years. 

"Mr. Demunnik was a very beloved member of the Arvin High staff with a passion for his students and the Arvin community," Arvin High Principal, Ed Watts said.

Arvin High is offering on-campus counselors to provide grief support for students and staff.

The collision is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this collision can contact Bakersfield CHP at (661) 396-6600. 

The Coroner's Office said a postmortem examination will determine a cause and manner of death. 


UPDATE (12/4, 8:37 a.m.): The CHP confirms there is a hard closure in place on Highway 223 from Highway 58 to just east of Arvin. 


At least one person is dead after a head-on collision near the Bakersfield National Cemetery on Monday morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the vehicles collided just after 7:30 a.m. on Bear Mountain Boulevard.

One person was killed and another person suffered major injuries. At least one person is still pinned in a vehicle.