Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
August 6, 2009
Susan Kang Schroeder
TEEN DRIVER CONVICTED OF MURDERING 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHILE SPEEDING OVER 100 MPH AND UNDER INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL
*First minor tried as an adult in Orange County for DUI murder
SANTA ANA – A teen driver was convicted today of murdering a 16-year-old girl while speeding over 100 mph without a license while under the influence of alcohol. Milad Moulayi, 18, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of second degree murder and one misdemeanor count of driving without a license. The 17-year-old defendant, who was indicted on Oct. 22, 2008, is the first juvenile in Orange County to be charged as an adult with murder in a drunken driving crash. Moulayi faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on Oct. 2, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. in Department C-36, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On Aug. 28, 2008, Moulayi had a party at his Santa Ana home and consumed several alcoholic drinks. At approximately 2:40 a.m., he left his house to drive his friend, 16-year-old Mackenzie Frazee, back to her house. He ignored pleas from several of his friends not to drive because he was too intoxicated. Moulayi’s learner’s permit had been suspended on Aug. 27, 2008, in juvenile court and he was driving without a license. The defendant was traveling at speeds between 102 mph and 112 mph in his Mercedes Benz sedan on Newport Avenue in Tustin. The defendant lost control of his car, drove over the center median, crashed into a light pole, and caused the car to split in half. The front half of the car caught on fire, and the Orange County Fire Authority had to cut Frazee free from her seatbelt.
The victim was transported to Western Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead due to blunt force trauma. Moulayi, who had a blood alcohol level of .11 percent, was also transported to the hospital and treated for cuts and bruises.
Deputy District Attorney Susan Price of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.