A former member of the Billionaire Boys Club who served jail time after being convicted of killing his father is wanted by authorities for a San Francisco hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian, prosecutors said Thursday.
Reza Eslaminia, 52, is wanted on misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the death of Edmund Ralph Capalla, 39, said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.
Eslaminia was working as a cab driver for Luxor Cab when he allegedly ran a red light in the Tenderloin area Aug. 11, causing an accident in which his car spun out of control and hit Capalla while he was in a crosswalk, prosecutors said.
"This case illustrates the dangers in our streets when drivers don't obey the rules of the road," Gascon said.
Prosecutors said they have video, diagrams and witness statements to back up their case against Eslaminia.
Eslaminia once belonged to a group of wealthy young men in Los Angeles that the tabloids dubbed the "Billionaire Boys Club" for their get-rich-quick investment schemes.
Several club members were accused of the 1984 kidnapping of Hedayat Eslaminia, who was inadvertently smothered and died in a car trunk during a botched extortion plot. Prosecutors say the club members planned to torture the elder Eslaminia into signing over a fortune before accidentally killing him.
Two men, including the victim's son, were convicted of murder in 1988, but those convictions were later overturned on technical grounds.
The victim was a former Iranian army major and religious adviser in the government of the shah who lived in exile in Belmont.
Reza Eslaminia insisted that he did not participate in his father's kidnapping and had no motive because he knew his father's once substantial fortune was gone.
A federal judge overturned his murder and kidnapping convictions, but prosecutors fought successfully to retry him.
Reza Eslaminia's conviction was overturned in a retrial when the state's star witness, who had traded information for immunity, went into the witness protection program and his new identity was unknown to attorneys.
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