MISSION VIEJO (CNS) - A convicted drunk driver accused of crashing a car into a
Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, of
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
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 Sunday crash, according to Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker.
“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
Keshmiri was allegedly driving in excess of 50 mph in a neighborhood where the speed limit is 25 mph,
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.
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.