Immigration Attorney Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti Pleads Guilty to Drugged-Driving Manslaughter
Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti was blazing on Xanax and Suboxone.
Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
An immigration lawyer pleaded guilty Tuesday to crashing her car into a bicyclist and killing him while driving under the influence of prescription drugs that included Xanax and Suboxone.
Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, 41, of Rancho Santa Margarita, copped to felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and now faces up to four years in state prison at her sentencing scheduled for May 8 in Newport Beach. Orange County sheriff's deputies arrested her on Sept. 23, 2013, which was after crime lab blood results were in from the crash that happened six months before.
Around 6:45 p.m. on March 15, 2013, Fakhrai-Bayrooti was driving south on Santa Margarita Parkway between El Toro Road and Los Alisos Boulevard in Mission Viejo, where she allegedly swerved into the bike lane and 54-year-old bicyclist Eric Billings, who rolled over her vehicle's hood and windshield and later died from multiple traumatic injuries.
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At the time, Bayrooti was an active member of the State Bar of California.
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