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DUI Driver Charged in Mission Viejo Crash

DUI Driver Charged in Mission Viejo Crash

MISSION VIEJO (CNS) - A convicted drunk driver accused of crashing a car into a Mission Viejo house, killing a man, was charged today with second-degree murder.

Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, of Mission Viejo, remained jailed on $1 million bail, according to prosecutors. Keshmiri was expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

Keshmiri, who was believed to be drunk at the time of the accident, was charged with murder based on his conviction for misdemeanor driving under the influence on Aug. 26, 2010. Drivers convicted of driving under the influence are warned that if they get into a deadly accident they could be charged with murder.

Keshmiri also is accused of driving under the influence in June and pleaded not guilty on Oct. 8.

Attorney Christopher Jafari, who represented Keshmiri in both cases, declined comment. He said he would be meeting with Keshmiri's family later today to discuss his client's case.

The victim, 60-year-old Kenneth Jackson, was sleeping in his bedroom at the time of the 4 a.m. Sunday crash, according to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker.

Jackson lived in the house with a roommate, Hallock said.

“It actually penetrated the house,” Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jerry Carlson said of the crash. Video from the scene showed the late-model maroon Cadillac CTS had launched into the house before impact, its rear tires in the air.

Keshmiri was allegedly driving in excess of 50 mph in a neighborhood where the speed limit is 25 mph, Walker said. He performed poorly in a field sobriety test conducted by sheriff's investigators, Walker alleged.

Hallock said there had been two men inside of the Cadillac. Both had minor injuries and needed no medical attention.

Keshmiri was charged this year with driving on a suspended license, a misdemeanor, according to court records.  He was scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing in that case on Jan. 23. In 2010, Keshmiri was put on three years of informal probation, which expired in September, and was given the standard fines and ordered to participate in an alcohol program for first offenders, according to court records.

Jackson was pronounced dead in his home in the 26000 block of Pacato Drive. Another man inside escaped injury, Hallock said.

A natural gas line was severed during the crash, and needed to be capped before a tow truck could extract the car from the home, Hallock said.

 

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