Rancho Santa Margarita, CA -Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, an attorney was sentenced today to four years in prison for crashing her car and killing a bicyclist while driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
Fakhrai-Bayrooti, 41, Rancho Santa Margarita, pleaded guilty March 10, 2015, to one felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She also pleaded guilty today to one felony count of possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility and was sentenced to three years in jail to be served concurrently with today's prison sentence.
According to the Orange County District Attorney's office, at approximately 6:45 p.m. on March 15, 2013, Fakhrai-Bayrooti was driving her car southbound on Santa Margarita Parkway in Mission Viejo after consuming prescription drugs, including Xanax and Suboxone. She swerved into a bike lane, crashing into 54-year-old bicyclist Eric Billings between the intersection of El Toro Road and Los Alisos Boulevard, causing the victim to roll over the hood and windshield. The victim died at the scene as a result of sustaining multiple traumatic injuries from the crash.
OCSD arrived at the scene and investigated this case. OCSD arrested her on Sept. 24, 2013, after the Orange County Crime Laboratory analyzed the blood evidence.
At the time of the crime, Fakhrai-Bayrooti had been an active member of the State Bar of California since 2005.
On May 8, 2015, Fakhrai-Bayrooti was present in court for a sentencing hearing on. Her defense attorney requested a continuance to review the probation and sentencing report and told the court that the defendant was recently admitted to a rehab program and was receiving treatment. The court granted the continuance but ordered her to be remanded into the custody of OCSD and transported to jail pending sentencing.
On May 13, 2015, Fakhrai-Bayrooti was found being in possession of prescription drug pills, Clonazepam, while being held in jail.
Deputy District Attorney Stephen Cornwell of the Homicide Unit pros