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Driver Who Killed Cyclist Not Charged

Court records show that the woman had driving infractions, but has not been charged in the death of cyclist Eric Billings of Rancho Santa Margarita.

A Mission Viejo woman who hit and killed a cyclist Friday has not been charged with his death, according to court records.

Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, 39, was driving a 2009 Acura south on Santa Margarita Parkway near Trabuco Hills High School when she hit and killed Eric Billings, 54, of Rancho Santa Margarita, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Fakhrai-Bayrooti has not yet been cited or charged in the killing, based on records from the Orange County Superior Court.

The driver had two past driving infractions. In Oct. 2009, Fakhrai-Bayrooti was ticketed for speeding over 65 mph. She did not attend traffic school for that infraction.

In June 2011, Fakhrai-Bayrooti received a ticket for driving while on a cell phone.

Billings has been described by friends as a devoted family man and committed member of the Church Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as well as the owner of a small construction company.

LeAna Bui March 25, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Any comments blaming either the cyclist or the driver are inappropriate as no one commenting on this board witnessed this tragic accident. And that is what it was.
Randy Profeta March 25, 2013 at 05:40 AM
Eye witness reports indicated that the cyclist was in a marked Class II bike lane. Based on several news reports, it appears that Eric Billings was riding his bicycle in the bike lane when he was struck. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21209 (a), motorists are not allowed to drive a motor vehicle in a bicycle lane established on a roadway. The only exceptions are when a driver parks where parking is permitted, enters or leaves the roadway or prepares for a turn within 200 feet of the intersection. Motorists are prohibited from entering the bike lane within 200 feet of an intersection when cyclists are present.
givonna madonna April 04, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Since the investigation is "on going" there is still a chance she could be charged. And if not charged, criminally, she will definitely have a civil suit brought against her and will have to pay for what she did, pun intended! Ha
Amused April 07, 2013 at 03:07 AM
She would not be the first driver who killed a cyclist and not get charged. R.I.P. Duane Parkison.
David Huntsman September 25, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Patch reports Beyrooti has now been arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter for driving under the influence of drugs. http://ranchosantamargarita.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/woman-arrested-for-killing-bicyclist-while-under-influence-of-prescription-drugs

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