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Motorist Fatally Crashes Into Mission Viejo Home

Drinking and driving has caused another tragedy this holiday season in Orange County.

A motorist has been arrested this afternoon and accused of driving his car into a Mission Viejo home, killing a resident inside. The home’s layout had a bedroom in the front portion of the home. The driver went through the room, killing the resident inside sleeping in bed. The motorist allegedly has a suspended license and a history of DUIs.

The motorist has been identified as Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, of Mission Viejo. Keshmiri crashed a late-model Cadillac sedan into a bedroom of a home, killing a man who was asleep in bed, authorities said. The house was at least 30 feet from the street. The victim’s identity has not yet been released.

The one-story dwelling sits at a traffic elbow, where Pacato Drive and Olivera Drive meet at a right angle. A car that failed to make the right turn from Olivera onto Pacato would be going straight toward the victim’s residence.

The house sustained major damage, and investigators were checking its structural integrity. Crews repaired a ruptured gas line.

Keshmiri suffered minor injuries, as did a passenger in his car, authorities said. The passenger was interviewed and released.

According to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Keshmiri had a prior misdemeanor DUI conviction in August 2010 and a pending case from June. His driver’s license was suspended as a result of the incident earlier this year.

After Sunday’s crash, officers booked Keshmiri on suspicion of felony DUI with a prior conviction. He may face additional charges after the investigation is complete. Allegedly, alcohol and speed were factors in the collision.                                                
No one else in the home was injured.

Driving under the influence is both a criminal and a civil matter. If you or a loved one is accused of driving under the influence, call Don Ho Law to handle your case.

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

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