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Cheerleader Dies, Friend Injured, In Irvine Drunk Driving Crash


Posted on Jun 01, 2011

A repeat drunk driver is being blamed for an Irvine accident that left one young girl injured and another brain dead.
 
The tragic Orange County car crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 29.  Ashton Sweet, Krista Merassa, Alison Rivas and Parisa Ghaemi were celebrating Parisa's 15th birthday. They had stayed out till midnight so they could celebrate the instant that Parisa Ghaemi turned 15.  Parisa's father was driving the girls to the Ghaemi's house where they planned to spend the night. 
 
Unfortunately, they never made it there.  A pick-up truck crashed into the car at the intersection of Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard.  It hit the car near the back seat where Ahton and Krista were sitting. Fourteen-year-old Ashton suffered an irreversible brain injury.  She was taken to Western Medical Center in Anaheim where she was kept alive on a breathing machine so that her organs could be evaluated for donation. Fifteen-year-old Krista sustained a punctured lung, broken ribs and lacerations.  She was taken to Western Medical Center in critical condition. Krista is expected to recover. The others sustained minor injuries.
 
The driver of the pick-up truck, Austin Farley, 26, of Irvine, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Farley had at 15 criminal cases on file including previous DUI arrests in 2005 and 2009. A prior drug-possession charge had been dismissed. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. 

The Orange County auto accident attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie would like to offer the Sweet family our condolences.

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