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Turkish man charged in fatal SCV crash

Driver of car in August crash is believed to have left country

Posted: December 4, 2012 5:15 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2012 5:15 p.m.

County prosecutors Tuesday charged a 20-year-old man, now believed to be in Turkey, with vehicular manslaughter in connection with a car crash last summer that claimed the life of a young woman visiting Valencia on a work visa, law enforcement officials said.

Musa Murat Mis, who turned 20 years old in September, was charged with vehicular manslaughter, court papers obtained by The Signal show.

Two weeks ago, a local traffic investigator recommended county prosecutors proceed with criminal charges against the driver of a car, identified as Mis, that crashed last summer on McBean Parkway in Valencia, killing his passenger, Tugba Elbirlik, 21, of Turkey.

The Mazda Miata that Mis was driving was traveling at more than 90 mph when it crashed into trees in McBean’s center divider on Aug. 19, said Detective Jeff Maag, a traffic investigator for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Elbirlik and Mis had been living in Valencia for the summer and working at Six Flags Magic Mountain on work visas.

Elbirlik, a second-year student of the Business Administration Department at Yeditepe University in Istandul, Turkey, died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash in front of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Mis is no longer living in the United States and is believed to have returned to his home in Turkey, Traffic Branch Sgt. Rich Cohen said Tuesday.

Despite the fact that he is not here, Mis is still scheduled to appear Jan. 15 in court in Santa Clarita to answer to the misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter.

Asked what happens if Mis does not appear, Cohen said a warrant for his arrest would be issued.

“We put out a warrant for his arrest and, should he set foot back in the country, would be arrested,” he said.

According to the criminal complaint sworn out against him, prosecutors allege Mis “did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Tugba Elbirlik, a human being, while driving a vehicle in the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, but without gross negligence.”




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