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18-Year-Old Being Tried for Second-Degree Murder in Drunk-Driving Case

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A teenager from Santa Ana, California, has been charged with second-degree murder for driving drunk with a blood-alcohol level of .11 and killing 16-year-old Mackenzie Frazee. A classmate of the defendant testified that she and several friends repeatedly warned Milad Moulayi that he was too drunk to drive before he crashed his mother’s Mercedes Benz, killing his passenger.

Jessica Dove, now 17, told the jury that 18-year-old Moulayi was stumbling drunk and “acting like a 2-year-old” at a small party at Moulayi’s parents’ home. She said that she and two friends refused to get in the car with Moulayi when he insisted on driving them home after drinking several shots of rum. She testified that they hid in the bushes when he drove off, apparently to avoid further pressure to get into the car.

But 16-year-old Frazee did get in the car with Moulayi just after 2:00 a.m. because she had sneaked out of her parents’ home a few miles away and was anxious to get home before they found out she was missing. But she never made it home.

Moulayi lost control of the car while driving at speeds of more than 100 mph on Newport Avenue, according to police. He drove over the center median, knocked over two road signs, and slammed into a concrete light pole. The Mercedes was cut in half and Frazee died from massive blunt-force trauma. Moulayi was treated for minor cuts and bruises.

Deputy District Attorney Susan Price contends that Moulayi, who is being tried as an adult, should be convicted of second-degree murder because he knew that driving while intoxicated was dangerous to human life but he decided to do so anyway. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.