PASADENA— Jurors will begin today to decide the fate of a 20-year-old Glendale man accused of paralyzing another driver in the aftermath of a 2009 car race on Glenoaks Boulevard.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Susan Navas told jurors during her closing arguments in Pasadena Superior Court that the defendant, Aren Aznavoleh, had treated his car as a weapon against the victim, Rafick Darosee. Darosee, 38, was not racing when his Nissan Sentra was struck.
"On January 9, Rafick Darosee lost everything," she told jurors.
During his closing argument, Aznavoleh's attorney Vincent Quigg acknowledged his client was negligent in causing the collision, but said it should be a civil, not criminal, matter.
"The defendant's young life is your hands," he told jurors.
Aznavoleh, who testified Wednesday though an Armenian interpreter, denied that he was racing prior to the crash.
Aznavoleh is charged with two felony counts of reckless driving and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.