Vigil Set for Bus Crash Victim Who Planned to Go to Medical School

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A vigil for a woman who died in a fiery bus crash in Northern California, alongside her fiance, was scheduled to be held Thursday.


Michael Myvett and Mattison Haywood were among those killed in the April 10, 2014, bus crash in Orland. A friend of the family provided these images of the couple.

Mattison Haywood was killed while chaperoning Los Angeles area high school students on a trip to Humboldt State University in Arcata.

The university was Haywood’s alma mater, and the place where she met her fiance Michael Myvett, according to his grandmother.

The couple got engaged Christmas Day in Paris, according to family members.

Myvett’s life was celebrated at an event in front on his South Los Angeles home on Tuesday. He was a therapist who worked with children with autism at a center in Torrance.

Haywood was in a post-baccalaureate program at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Willowbrook, according to an announcement about the planned vigil. She planned to apply to medical school, the announcement stated.

The vigil was set to be held on the Drew campus in the W. Montague Cobb Medical Education Building, 1731 E. 120th St., at 6:30 p.m.


The victims of the April 10, 2014, crash in Orland, Calif., have been identified by family members and school administrators as students Ismael Jimenez, Denise Gomez, Jennifer Bonilla, Marisa Serrato and Adrian Castro, seen left to right in the top row. Colleagues and family members identified the adults killed in the crash as, left to right in the bottom row, Mattison Maywood, Michael Myvett, Arthur Arzola, Tim Evans and Talalelei Lealao-Taiao. They are shown in photos posted to social media or provided by friends, employers or family.

The planned Thursday night vigil follows similar events for other bus crash victims, including three held in the greater Los Angeles area on Wednesday night.

Hundreds attended each vigil, honoring the lives of Jennifer Caroline Bonilla, 17, Marisa Serrato, 17, and Arthur Arzola, 26.

Bonilla and Serrato were both high school students, attending Dorsey High School in the Baldwin Hills area and Norte Vista High School in Riverside, respectively.

Bonilla’s friends said they would remember her as a motivated student who was always smiling.

Arzola was a chaperone on the bus and a Humboldt State admissions representative in the Los Angeles area. He was set to graduate from a graduate program at University of La Verne in May.

“He was an inspiration, a true inspiration to so many of the people, the lives he has touched,” Arzola’s cousin Rudy Valenzuela said.

Friends and family had already come forward with the names of the people believed dead, but only eight of the 10 people killed in the incident had been officially identified by Glenn County coroner’s office and the Sacramento County coroner, authorities said at a Thursday afternoon news conference.

The crash occurred around 5:40 p.m. April 10 on the 5 Freeway near the small town of Orland when a FedEx truck crossed a 60-foot grassy median then collided with a charter bus, which was in northbound lanes.

The bus was filled with prospective college students, five of whom died. The two drivers and three adult chaperones also died.

KTLA’s Mary Beth McDade, Rick Chambers and Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.

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