Driver arrested on suspicion of murder after excessive speed crash in Mission Viejo


A 24-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of murder after a March 2017 traffic collision that killed a 33-year-old woman.

At approximately midnight on March 25, 2017, deputies responded to reports of an injury traffic collision on Alicia Parkway at Althea Avenue in the city of Mission Viejo. Upon initial investigation, it appeared the driver of a 2005 Hyundai Elantra turned left to go southbound on Althea Avenue as the driver of Chevrolet Camaro was traveling eastbound on Alicia, and the vehicles collided in the intersection.

The Elantra driver, Mission Viejo resident Judith Noval, was unconscious at the scene and was taken to a local hospital. Noval never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on April 25, 2017.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Division investigated the case and determined the driver of the Camaro was traveling at an excessive rate of speed, which caused the collision. Further investigation found the driver previously had been charged for driving in excess of 100 mph and had stated in court his awareness of the dangers of driving at such a high rate of speed.

Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department arrested 24-year-old Afiff Kevin Doaifi on Sept. 13 on suspicion of murder. He is being held at the OC Jail on $1 million bail and is expected to appear in court on Monday, Sept 17.

— Submitted by OC Sheriff’s Department