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Teen convicted in driving death

August 07, 2009|Tony Barboza

A teen driver was convicted Thursday of killing his 16-year-old friend after speeding over 100 mph -- while drunk and without a license -- and crashing into a light pole.

Milad Moulayi, 18, of Santa Ana was the first juvenile in Orange County to be charged as an adult with murder in a drunk driving crash, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. He was 17 at the time of the accident.

A jury found Moulayi guilty of one count of second-degree murder for being drunk behind the wheel in the crash last year that killed Mackenzie Frazee and one misdemeanor count of driving without a license. His learner's permit had been suspended the day before the accident.

After drinking at a party at his Santa Ana home Aug. 28, 2008, Moulayi drove Frazee back to her house.

While driving his Mercedes-Benz between 102 mph and 112 mph on Newport Avenue in Tustin, he lost control, drove over the center median and crashed into a light pole, which split the car in half.

He had a blood alcohol level of 0.11%.

Moulayi, who faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison, is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

-- Tony Barboza

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