PASADENA — A Glendale man who was convicted of paralyzing the 38-year-old driver of another car that got caught up in a street race was ordered Wednesday to pay nearly $277,000 to cover the victim’s medical bills so far.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz told Aren Aznavoleh at a restitution hearing that he had to pay $276,856 — the amount Medi-Cal paid out for Rafick Daroosee's healthcare immediately after the devastating crash.
Schwartz said Aznavoleh could be responsible for paying for Daroosee’s medical care for the remainder of his life.
“The victim is in a condition where he requires persistent care,” she said.
Daroosee, who’s married and has an 8-year-old son, survived the Jan. 9, 2009 crash, but his injuries were irreversible. Now a quadriplegic, he is being cared for at a local convalescent home, county Deputy Dist. Atty. Susan Navas said.