A Fairfax woman who was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on charges of identity theft, burglary and drug possession has been identified by the Humboldt County coroner as the woman who died in a fiery crash on a remote section of Highway 101 one week ago.

Robyn Marie Ring, 42, died of blunt force trauma June 1 and was identified with family help through her tattoos and jewelry, Coroner Dave Parris said Monday.

Ring, a mother of three, was a passenger in a 1996 Buick Riviera driven by George Edward Malamphy, 57, whose addresses were reported as Fairfax and Novato. Malamphy was ejected in the crash and was being treated at a Sonoma County hospital, Parris said. His condition was unavailable.

Lynette Shaw, director of the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Fairfax, said she was mourning the loss of an old friend Monday.

"Robin was around Fairfax forever and was always very nice and supported my cause," Shaw said. "She always had a smile for me. The Fairfax Festival is coming up (this weekend) and all the Fairfax girls from the old days always show up. I am very sad for my friend and will miss her especially at the festival."

Ring's badly burned body was found inside the car by officers from the California Highway Patrol. Neither Ring nor Malamphy was wearing a seat belt.

A CHP report has yet to be filed on the crash, but Officer Eric Van Emmerik told the Eureka Times-Standard that Malamphy will be charged with vehicular manslaughter by the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office.


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The Humboldt DA could not be reached for comment.

Investigators found nine driver's licenses and multiple Costco cards at the wreck site near the town of Weott, about 200 miles north of Marin County in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. None of the cards belonged to Ring or Malamphy, the Times-Standard reported.

Malamphy has a history of drug charges in Marin County dating to 1991, said Marin County Deputy District Attorney Linda Witong. Ring was being charged with identity theft, two counts of commercial burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance for sale, Witong said. Ring had eight prior convictions in Merced County, according to court documents.

Shaw said she spoke with Malamphy by telephone after the crash.

"He was anguished about Robin," Shaw said.


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