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OC men who raced motorcycles on 241 toll road are sentenced for death of motorist

March 18, 2011 |  5:34 pm

Two Orange County men were sentenced to six years in prison each on Friday for racing their motorcycles, triggering a 100 mph crash that killed a motorist.

Blaise Meadows, 22, of Orange and Daniel Burkett, 27, of Santa Ana each pleaded guilty in January to a felony count of vehicular manslaughter in connection with an April 2008 crash that killed motorist Andrew Parker, 46.

Meadows and Burkett were racing their motorcycles side by side after midnight on April 25, 2008, on the 241 tollway in Lake Forest when Meadows plowed into the rear of Parker's Alfa Romeo. The impact forced Parker's car off the road, where it hit a light pole, flipped and landed upside down in a parking lot.

Parker was declared dead at the scene. Meadows, who was injured in the crash, had three previous speeding tickets and was driving on a suspended license. He texted friends 30 minutes before the crash, discussing the impending race and his plan to evade police.

Burkett fled the scene but was later taken into custody. At Friday's sentencing hearing, Parker's widow described her husband of 22 years as a "Renaissance man."

"He spent time working with his hands, which had thick skin and scars,'' Mary Ann Parker said. "But they were the most beautiful hands I had ever seen."

[Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled the name Alfa Romero.]


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-- Catherine Saillant