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Funeral Held For Teen Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver

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

Friends of Ashton Sweet wore 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.

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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.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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