Updated: Driver Identified in Deadly Crash on Santa Margarita Parkway

Rancho Santa Margarita man is pronounced dead at the scene, near Trabuco Hills High School.

Editor's note: Story updated with additional information about the incident.

A bicyclist was killed Friday evening after being struck by a vehicle near Trabuco Hills High School.

Eric Billings of Rancho Santa Margarita died at the scene of the accident, according to the Orange County coroner, which listed his time of death as 6:48 p.m.—the same time the Orange County Sheriff's Department received a 9-1-1 call.

Billings was 54.

According to Lt. Jim England of the OCSD, Billings was believed to be traveling alone southbound on Santa Margarita Parkway between El Toro Road and Los Alisos in Mission Viejo.

He was struck about 300 yards south of El Toro Road by a southbound 2003 Acura driven by 39-year-old Hast Fakhrai-Bayrooti, according to Lt. Joe Balicki. The speed limit on that section of road, which includes an uphill grade until leveling off near the high school, is 50 mph. 

England said preliminary information indicated alcohol did not play a role in the accident. 

“This is an ongoing investigation,” Balicki said, adding that it was not immediately known if Fakhrai-Bayrooti was cited or arrested.

Billings was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and owned a small contracting company, according to The Orange County Register.

-City News Service contributed to this report

Jessica Slifca March 18, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Are you referring to the Coble accident on the 5 at Oso in 2007? That was 3 siblings of different ages, not twins. And the "Hispanic immigrant drunk truck driver" was found negligent, but was not drunk.
Jessica Slifca March 18, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Well said
TC Robinson March 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM
As a personal friend of Eric Billings, I can truly say what a loss his death is to any and all who knew him. He was a very close friend of my husband and one of the best men I've ever known. He will be missed by many. WE LOVE YOU ERIC and FAMILY! Clay & TC
JustUs March 19, 2013 at 02:47 AM
I have seen posters scolded by the author of this death-related article for much less than for what I've read in some of the comments written here. Strange how the standards vary from one article to the next.
TM March 19, 2013 at 09:01 PM
I am truly saddened by the death of such a kind and loving man. He was one of my favorite people and always willing to be of assistance to all. I am just shocked that he is gone. My heart goes out to his family!


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