Redwood City Man Charged With Murder in Fatal DUI Crash On Park Presidio Blvd.

Car speeding down a highway road at night.

San Francisco, CA (July 2, 2019) — A 39-year-old Redwood City man was charged with murder Wednesday in San Francisco Superior Court after killing another motorist while driving under the influence early Monday June 24th. 

Michael Farah Khoury, of Redwood City, had a blood alcohol content of .19 at the time of the crash.

At around 3 a.m. Monday, Koury was speeding eastbound on California Street in San Francisco’s Richmond district when his truck broadsided a Nissan driven by San Rafael resident Alexander Reyes, who was heading north on Park Presidio Blvd., prosecutors said.

Reyes, 56, was trapped in the crushed cabin of his car and died at the scene, while a passenger in Khoury’s truck was injured, police said.

Under California law, defendants with prior drunken driving convictions can face murder charges in fatal DUI cases. 

Khoury — who has a DUI conviction from 2009 — was charged with murder, driving under the influence of alcohol and gross vehicular manslaughter while driving.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges at his arraignment Wednesday.

Judge Rita Lin Lin set Khoury’s bail at $500,000 under the conditions that he remain on house arrest, not drink and wear an alcohol monitor on his ankle. Khoury’s record includes a previous drunken driving conviction along with a 2009 misdemeanor conviction of committing sex acts in public in Nevada.

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Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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