Brendan Khuri teen Lamborghini driver arrested in accident that killed reception. Was given sports car for birthday present by multi-millionaire mogul dad. Faces potential negligent vehicular manslaughter charges.
Brendan Khuri, 17, was behind the wheel of a Lamborghini SUV that allegedly was street racing with an Audi when it plowed into Monique Munoz‘s car last month, police said.
Munoz’s car was crushed and she had to be cut free of the wreck. The receptionist, 32, died at the scene according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The Los Angeles Police Department according to the dailymail has recommended negligent vehicular manslaughter charges against the Beverly Hills teen over the February 17 crash. Charges have not yet been filed against 17 year-old teen, because of his age, and the decision will be made by the District Attorney’s office, according to police.
The LA DA’s office says the case is under review.
Teen Lamborghini driver believed to be in a speed test with another driver
An LAPD detective said they are also investigating social media posts.
‘We’ve done a filing,’ Supervising Detective James Dickson of the LAPD’s West Traffic department told DailyMail.com. ‘That filing was presented to the LA County Juvenile DA. It’s currently in his office.
‘The arrest charge was 192(c)(1), negligent vehicular manslaughter.
‘I can’t regurgitate what we found, but based upon multiple witness statements that corroborate one another, it’s clear that there was gross negligence.’
Dickson said he believed the Lamborghini was racing with an Audi, which was also found at the scene but was not involved in the crash.
‘We believe that that vehicle was potentially engaged in a speed contest with the Lamborghini. That’s a separate investigation and that’s ongoing so I’m not willing to comment at the moment, but we do believe that it was involved,’ he said.
The detective added that Brendan was absentee booked while in hospital. A lawyer for the Khuri family, criminal defense attorney Mark Werksman, denied Brendan was racing.
Two families wrecked
Dickson said that ‘from evidence recovered and eyewitness accounts the vehicle was being operated at an unsafe speed.’
Under a picture of a Lamborghini race car on an LA street posted in December on Instagram, the the teen’s father James Khuri wrote ‘Fun Friday afternoon racing another Lamborghini SVJ on Sunset. Of course going speed limit.’
Those posts have since been deleted.
Werksman said in a statement to DailyMail.com: ‘The Khuri family is devastated by the tragic accident on February 17, 2021 that caused the death of Monique Munoz. Their hearts go out to the Munoz family for their incomparable loss.
‘Lawyers for the Khuri family and the Munoz family have worked out a financial settlement in order to allow the families to heal, and they are in the process of finalizing those details. They ask for privacy during this sad and traumatic time.
‘And while I will not discuss the details of the case or the factual allegations with you, I can tell you that there was no racing going on with any other vehicle at the time of the crash. The allegation that there was racing going on at the time of impact if simply false.’
Who buys their teen novice driver son a high performance sports car worth half a million dollars capable of traveling at lethal speeds?
On September 23 James posted on Facebook a picture of himself with his arm around his son and the grey, $517,000 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ in the background next to a black Lamborghini SUV.
‘My son and I hanging out cruising in the Hills. Everyone knows who’s [sic] car is faster,’ he wrote.
On September 25 the father posted on Facebook appearing to reference racing motorbikes.
‘If anyone thought that bikes are faster than this Lambo ,YOU ARE WRONG!! I took them all. And I only had 1 drink. I like this car,’ he wrote, with a picture of two men on motorbikes.
Detective Dickson said there was ‘no evidence’ that the father was involved in the February 17 crash, but added that his department had ‘immediately’ sent requests to Instagram and Facebook to preserve the posts as evidence.
Close family friend Candace Greene told DailyMail.com last week that Brendan was in the hospital after suffering a brain injury in the accident.
‘The kid is beyond remorseful, he cries every day,’ she said.
‘He’s been in the hospital since the day of the accident with a brain injury so he did not walk away from this with cuts and scrapes.
‘He is petrified. He has been somewhat under the care of the police. They have been at the hospital, they know what’s going on,’ she added.
Serial entrepreneur dad with vast fortune
‘It’s going to be for the DA, the courts and the judge to decide… He has been booked. He is not incarcerated because he is in a hospital bed with his mother by his side.
‘The whole family is utterly devastated by what happened.’
Greene said Brendan was given the vehicle for his 17th birthday in June by his father, despite opposition from the boy’s mother Christine, 53, who divorced James in 2008.
James, who is described as a ‘serial entrepreneur’ in a glowing 2020 Forbes profile, is the boss of distribution company FJ Holdings which counts tech giant Amazon among its clients.
He has made many of his millions from manufacturing and distributing trading cards including Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic the Gathering.
James’ company is projected to turn over $200 million in 2021 and he enjoys the trappings of success: he lives in an $8 million Beverly Hills mansion, has shared photographs of himself on private jets, and is known for his love of Lamborghinis.
Detective Dickson said police were awaiting DMV records for Brandon and had not yet been able to confirm whether he had a provisional drivers license.
Under California law, drivers in possession of an instruction permit cannot drive a vehicle alone and must be accompanied by an adult aged over 25 at all times.
California teenagers are allowed to apply for an instruction permit aged 16 but are not allowed to drive alone until they have passed their test or turn 17.
‘I love him more than anything that exists in this world.’
Brendan had turned 17 but it is not known whether he had passed his test. Minors are also prohibited from driving between 11pm and 5am until they turn 18.
Following the crash, dozens of protesters gathered at the site of the crash chanting and holding up signs saying ‘Justice for Monique’.
Khuri is known for being tough in business, boasting in his Forbes interview in December 2020 that he doesn’t believe in showing weakness.
He added: ‘One of the keys to my success is that I don’t borrow from banks to support my businesses.
‘I believe that lending is how banks control businesses and, as my father once sagely shared with me, ‘Never show weakness. Control everything.’ That’s why I’ve self-financed five of my companies.’
Dickson said that street racing had become a problem in LA since the coronavirus lockdown began last year.
‘It’s been particularly egregious during covid, especially at the beginning when people were locked down and staying home,’ he said.
‘People had open roads, particularly surface streets, that they were basically able to do whatever speed they wanted on due to the lack of traffic. So we have seen an increase in reckless driving.
‘I can’t say specifically we’ve seen an increase in fatalities because we’re about on par, but we’ve seen more fatalities from people driving at high rates of speed and a few street racing incidents… But by definition we should be lower because there were less people on the roads in the first probably six months of the lockdown.’