UPDATED: Man Killed When Car Crashes into House, Suspect ID'd

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the home in the 26000 block of Pacato Drive in Mission Viejo at 3:28 a.m. The suspected drunken motorist has been arrested.

A car crashes into the Mission Viejo bedroom of a sleeping man, killing him. Image from KTLA video.
A car crashes into the Mission Viejo bedroom of a sleeping man, killing him. Image from KTLA video.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Edited at at 6:44 p.m. to include identity of victim. Originally posted at 8:50 a.m. Dec. 29, 2013.

A man sleeping in the front bedroom of his Mission Viejo home was killed today when a motorist lost control of his car, jumped a curb and smashed his sedan into the structure, a sheriff's lieutenant said.

The Orange County Register has identified the victim as Kenny "Jaws" Jackson, 60, a longtime motorcycle technician who recently moved from San Clemente to Mission Viejo. 

The motorist, Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, Mission Viejo, was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock.

According to a tweet sent by the Sheriff's Department, the suspect has one prior conviction and another pending DUI case in Orange County. He was driving on suspended license, the tweet said. 

A sheriff's press release said Keshmiri may face additional charges.

“It actually penetrated the house,” said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jerry Carlson, said of Keshmiri's car. Video from the scene showed the late-model, maroon Cadillac had launched into the house before impact, its rear tires in the air.

Hallock said there had been two men inside of the Cadillac. Both incurred minor injuries and required no medical attention.

The man who had been sleeping in a front bedroom died at scene.

Deputies were dispatched to the home in the 26000 block of Pacato Drive at 3:28 a.m., a department press release says. Another male inside the home escaped injury, Carlson said.

Hallock said a natural gas line was severed during the crash, and crews were in the process of repairing the line before a tow truck could extract the car from the home.

– City News Service and Penny Arévalo, Patch editor
Sarah Bardowell December 29, 2013 at 10:12 PM
He had quite a history on the OC Court website. Not just 1 prior.
Brian Hamilton December 29, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Had he been arrested for marijuana possession twice previously, he'd probably still be in jail.
imcjl December 30, 2013 at 08:27 PM
This is what happens when our jails are overcrowded (according to human rights activists and the liberal courts). This guy should have been sitting in jail pending his 2nd DUI conviction following his first conviction...particularly given the short amount of time between the first conviction and the second arrest. He obviously is an alcoholic and is incapable of getting sober. Just like our legal system, this guy is equally as broken and should not have been driving anywhere. Sounds like he deserves the charge and the consequences that will follow him the rest of his life. RIP to Jaws, and condolences and prayers to the decedent's family and friends...this is just painfully tragic for everyone involved.
Brian Hamilton December 31, 2013 at 12:31 AM
I agree, imcjl. I also heard, in another report, that Jaws had 27 years of sobriety. How utterly ironic and tragic that his life was taken by someone desperately needing sobriety.


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