Mission Viejo, CA- Just two days before New Year’s Eve, when intoxicated driving spikes, a man sleeping in his bed was killed after a drunken driver slammed into his bedroom.
Orange County police say Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, jumped a curb in his late model Cadillac sedan and slammed into the bedroom of man as he slept, killing him instantly.
Authorities say the accident occurred just after 3 a.m. Monday morning when Keshmiri lost control of his vehicle at the corner of Pacato and Olivera Drives, according to the Los Angeles Times. Keshmiri was attempting to make a right turn on Pacato drive when he lost control. Unable to successfully negotiate the turn, Keshmiri’s vehicle skated across the lawn and rammed into the front bedroom of the one-story home.
Neighbors were awoken by the crash and saw what looked like the scene out of a movie. Keshmiri’s sedan was all the way in the bedroom, with only the rear of the car visible and the walls of the bedroom crumbling around it.
“I heard the tires squeal, and then I heard the boom,” one neighbor, identified as Jaque, told KABC-TV in Los Angeles.
“The vehicle basically went through the front exterior of the house just to the right of the front door,”, Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said. “It appears that alcohol and speed are factors in the collision.”
Police are not certain how fast Keshmiri was driving.
Keshmiri and a passenger both suffered minor injuries. After being questioned by police the passenger was released, but Keshmiri was arrested on suspicion of DUI with a prior conviction. Police say Keshmiri could face other charges once they conclude their investigation.
Police discovered that Keshmiri has two previous DUI arrests and was driving on a suspended license as a result of a DUI arrest from earlier this year. Keshmiri also has a prior DUI conviction from August of 2010.
Another resident of the home who was in a different area was not injured.
The crash ruptured a gas line which has since been repaired, but investigators are still trying to determine if the home is structurally sound.
Keshmiri is among the many people who continue to drink and drive even after they have been convicted of their first DUI. Experts estimate the 50 percent of those convicted of their first DUI will repeat the offense. Even more alarming is the fact that drunken drivers log in an average of 27,000 miles before they are caught according to economist Steven Levitt who analyzed data from the NHTSA.
It is because of repeat drunk drivers like Keshmiri, that the NHTSA recommends all states make ignition interlock devices for first time DUI offenders. They believe by making this a requirement nationwide they can curtail repeat DUI offenses and save thousands of lives—alcohol is a primary factor in fatal traffic accidents.
A DUI whether it is a first or second is serious and can have a negative impact on person’s life. It is in an offender’s best interest to retain a DUI attorney to minimize their resulting penalties and avoid conviction.