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Street racer convicted in crash that paralyzed motorist

December 11, 2010 |  9:38 am

Jurors on Friday convicted a 20-year-old Glendale man of causing a 38-year-old driver to be paralyzed after a 2009 street racing crash on Glenoaks Boulevard.

Aren Aznavoleh was found guilty of two felony counts of reckless driving and two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury also found him guilty of causing great bodily harm to Rafick Darosee, who was left paralyzed and bedridden, and to his 19-year-old car passenger, Tadeh Haghvirdi, who suffered a bloody, broken arm.

"It's not something to be taken lightly," Deputy Dist. Atty. Susan Navas said. "Lives were ruined by his conduct."

Evidence and witness testimony during the trial showed that Aznavoleh was racing against a white BMW on Glenoaks at 61 mph when he ran through a red light and crashed into Darosee's Nissan Sentra while he was making a turn.

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