Attorney Convicted of Killing Cyclist in Mission Viejo While Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs

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Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, 41, was charged in the death of cyclist Eric Billings, 54. (Credit: OCSD)

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A 41-year-old attorney was convicted Tuesday of striking and killing a bicyclist in Mission Viejo last year while driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti of Rancho Santa Margarita pleaded guilty Tuesday to one felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The crash occurred around 6:45 p.m. on March 15, 2013 on Santa Margarita Parkway south of El Toro Road, near Trabuco Hills High School, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Fakhrai-Bayrooti was driving southbound when she veered into the bike lane, striking Eric Billings, the release stated.

The impact sent the 54-year-old bicyclist over the hood and windshield of the car, according to the release. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

At the time of the crash, Fakhrai-Bayrooti was under the influence of prescription drugs, including Xanax and Suboxone, according to the DA’s Office.

Fakhrai-Bayrooti was free on $100,000 bail and was scheduled to be sentenced May 8.

She faced a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

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