Law Enforcement Seeks Public’s Help Locating Taxi Driver and Ex-Billionaire Boys Club Member

May 9, 2013

Contact: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

Outstanding Vehicular Manslaughter Warrant for Reza Eslaminia

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - District Attorney George Gascón and the San Francisco Police Department announced today that Reza Eslaminia, age 52, is wanted for an August 11, 2012 traffic collision in the Tenderloin that caused the death of 39 year old pedestrian Edmund Ralph Capalla of San Francisco. Eslaminia has an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and law enforcement is seeking the public’s help in locating the defendant.

“This case illustrates the dangers in our streets when drivers don’t obey the rules of the road,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “We are working with SFPD to bring this defendant to justice and we need the public’s help tracking this person down.”

On August 11, 2012 at around 6:52pm, Eslaminia, a taxi driver for Luxor Cab, was driving on Eddy Street approaching the Larkin Street intersection. He drove through the intersection on a red light speeding at around 35 miles per hour. As he drove through the intersection, he drove around a bus coming down Larkin Street when his cab was struck on the passenger side by another vehicle in the rear quarter panel. The impact caused his cab to spin out of control clockwise through the intersection and striking a pedestrian in the crosswalk who was walking northbound on Larkin Street.

Eslaminia is being charged with one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. The District Attorney’s Office approached this as a felony case and reviewed evidence that included a video, diagrams, witness statements and a subsequent accident reconstructionist report. After a thorough review and evaluation of the case, prosecutors found there was insufficient evidence to meet the burden of proof necessary to show a pattern of gross negligence, which would warrant a felony. A warrant for the defendant’s arrest was issued on March 29, 2013.

The defendant is best known as a former member of the Billionaire Boys Club and served time for murder. In 2000, he was released from prison after more than a decade when his conviction was overturned by the San Mateo Superior Court.

If anyone in the public has information on Reza Eslaminia’s whereabouts, please contact your local law enforcement or the San Francisco Police Department at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the beginning of the message.