The Los Angeles County District Attorneys office filed charges on Wednesday against the 17-year-old son of Beverly Hills millionaire entrepreneur James Khuri, nearly two months after the teen allegedly drove his Lamborghini into a car driven by Monique Munoz, 32.
Munoz died at the scene of the February 17 crash, when the teen’s $200,000-plus SUV crushed her silver Lexus as she made a left turn at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Overland Avenue shortly after 5 p.m. She had been driving home from her new job as a receptionist at a UCLA clinic.
The teen was “absentee booked” for vehicular homicide on February 23 while he was in the hospital being treated for his own injuries, but was not officially charged with a crime—and it took the Los Angeles Police Department almost a month to release even that information.
Since Munoz’s death, her family has held several rallies to raise awareness of the incident and to pressure the DA’s office to take action. Despite filing charges, the DA can’t release the charges until the driver is arraigned on April 23 in Inglewood juvenile court.
“It brought me to tears, because it’s like we’ve been fighting for so long,” Munoz’s mother, Carol Cardona, told CBS Los Angeles. “I don’t understand as a mother when your child is killed why you have to fight so hard to get charges filed or even enough attention.”
Khuri, said last month that his son had suffered brain damage and could barely walk after his release from the intensive care unit. He offered an apology on Instagram last month, writing, “I am aware that the time it has taken me to communicate this has caused further pain for everyone affected. Knowing that this will never do justice for the family of Monique Munoz, I want to apologize to the Munoz family for the tragic loss of their daughter.”
Cardona, who feels the teen has enjoyed special treatment due to his family’s wealth and connections, was not moved.
“I’ve seen the interview of the father trying to apologize and give me his sympathy, but no, that’s too fake,” she told L.A. Taco in March. “He has yet to say anything to me, to us. If he were really sorry, he would have reached out when it all happened.”
“We’re gonna keep continuing to be her voice until justice is finally, finally served,” Cardona told CBS.