Street racer must pay medical bills of paralyzed driver, judge rules
A man who was convicted in a street-race car crash that left the driver of another car a quadriplegic was ordered Wednesday to pay nearly $277,000 to cover the victim’s medical bills so far.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz told Aren Aznavoleh, of Glendale, at a restitution hearing that he had to pay $276,856 — the amount Medi-Cal paid out for healthcare for Rafick Daroosee, 38, immediately after the devastating crash. Schwartz said Aznavoleh could be responsible for paying for Daroosee’s medical care for the remainder of his life.
“The victim is in a condition where he requires persistent care,” she said.
Daroosee, who’s married and has an 8-year-old son, survived the Jan. 9, 2009, crash that occurred during a street race, but his injuries were irreversible. He is being cared for at a local convalescent home, county Deputy Dist. Atty. Susan Navas said.
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-- Veronica Rocha, Glendale News-Press/Times Community News