Funeral To Be Held For Teen Killed In Alleged DUI Crash

IRVINE (CBS) — Funeral services are scheduled Monday for a Northwood High School cheerleader killed in a collision involving an alleged drunk driver.

Friends of Ashton Sweet are being asked to green, one of her favorite colors, to the 5 p.m. memorial at Chinese Baptist Church of Central Orange County.

The 14-year-old was in a Mercedes-Benz with three other friends, one of whom was critically injured, when their car was struck by an alleged drunk driver on May 29.

Though fatally injured, Sweet’s parents kept her on life-support until the donation of her organs could be arranged. Her mother, Elizabeth, said her organs went to six patients.

Krista Merassa, 15, who was initially listed in critical condition, is now at home recovering. It is unclear if she will be able to attend the funeral.

The other girls, including Parisa Ghaemi, who just turned 15, were less seriously injured. Her father, Mohammad “Mike” Ghaemi, 48, was driving the Mercedes.

Students at Northwood High wore white to school last week as a sign of sympathy.

austin farley Funeral To Be Held For Teen Killed In Alleged DUI Crash

The suspect, 26-year-old Austin Farley, was arrested shortly after the crash with a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, driving under the influence and other charges. Farley is being held on $1 million bail.

He is due back in court June 24, for a pretrial hearing in Newport Beach.

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  • JJ

    How can that idiot plea “Not Guilty”? Where is his honor as a man? Perhaps he isn’t.

  • Borsia Novak

    The article says that he was arrested a short time later. Did he flee the scene? How long is a short time”… long enough to sober up or for his tox level to drop?

  • duh

    This life taken so soon is made even more tragic by how easily this could have been avoided. It’s inconceivable as to how this man, with this much disdain and disrespect for law and civility, was even walking amongst free people, much less driving.

    We all have become so desensitized to things like this from reading them day in and day out, but this one really makes me sad for some reason… I wish the family nothing but pure strength in enduring the slow justice system. I question my own humanity when I wish this monster did not even get a trial.

    RIP Ashton. I never knew you, but I have read enough posts by those who did to understand that you were special in their lives, and you will always be remembered by those you touched.

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