Suspect in killing of Irvine cheerleader: 'They're making me out to be a monster, and I'm not'
The driver accused of killing an Irvine cheerleader has expressed concern and sadness for the families affected.
"As a human being, as a person, I feel terrible for their family," Farley said. "They're making me out to be a monster, and I'm not. Like any average American human being with a heart, it's a tragedy. Whether I was in the accident or not, I would be upset. I'm not an animal. I'm just a person."
The Orange County district attorney has charged the construction worker with murder and other crimes in the Memorial Day weekend wreck that claimed 14-year-old Northwood High School freshman Ashton Sweet's life and sent four other people to the hospital. Farley is accused of driving with a blood-alcohol level more than 2 1/2 times the legal limit.
-- Lauren Williams, Times Community News
Photos: (top) A large portrait of Ashton Sweet watches over a roadside memorial at Irvine Boulevard and Culver Drive in Irvine, where the 14-year-old Northwood High School student was killed in an auto accident by a suspected drunk driver May 29. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
(bottom) Austin Jeffrey Farley. Credit: Irvine Police Department