Man with San Clemente Ties Killed When Car Crashes into House

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: Originally posted at 6:47 p.m.

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

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Rose Pennington December 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Ken "Jaws" was one of the finest people I ever met. He saved many lives and he contributed so much to a great many people. The driver should know about the man whose life he took early this morning. He will remain in many hearts forever. I will always keep him in my heart, Rest in Peace my friend......
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Hi Rose, sent you an email. I want to learn and share more. He seemed very loved.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Hi Mike, I appreciate the comments, but can you restate without the cussing? It's against our Terms of Use. Thanks!


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