An Irvine attorney has been arrested in connection with a bicycle accident that occurred in March. She is being held under suspicion of manslaughter of the Rancho Santa Margarita man, who is remembered by friends as “caring.”
Attorney Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, 40-years-old, was booked into county jail on Tuesday. Officials reported that she is suspect of being under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the crash.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators said that the Irvine attorney was behind the wheel of a 2003 Acura when she hit bicyclist Eric Billings along Santa Margarita Parkway on March 15. She allegedly drifted into the bicycle lane and slammed into Billings.
At the scene officials released Fakhrai-Bayrooti after the accident but pending blood test results. Sheriff Department’s Major Accident Reconstruction Team stayed behind to conduct the investigation.
After reviewing the result of the investigation, District Attorney’s Office has filed charges of vehicle manslaughter while intoxicated against Fakhrai-Bayrooti. After the arrest warrant was filed, she was taken into custody.
She was released Wednesday at 7:22 a.m. after posting bail.
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