O.C. teen convicted of murder in drunk-driving crash
A teen driver was convicted today of murdering his 16-year-old friend after speeding over 100 mph -- while drunk and without a license -- and crashing into a utility pole.
Milad Moulayi, 18, of Santa Ana was the first juvenile in Orange County to be charged as an adult with murder in a drunken driving crash, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. He was 17 at the time of the accident.
A jury found Moulayi guilty of one count of second-degree murder for being drunk behind the wheel and one misdemeanor count of driving without a license in the crash last year that killed Mackenzie Frazee. Moulayi's learner’s permit had been suspended the day before the accident.
After having several drinks at a party at his Santa Ana home on Aug. 28, 2008, Moulayi insisted on driving Frazee back to her house, prosecutors said. While driving his Mercedes Benz between 102 mph and 112 mph on Newport Avenue in Tustin, he lost control, crossed the center median and crashed into a utility pole, splitting the car in half. The front half of the car caught fire and firefighters had to cut Frazee free.
She was taken to Western Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Moulayi was treated for cuts and bruises. He had a blood alcohol level of .11%.
He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison and is scheduled to be sentenced in October.
-- Tony Barboza